Andrey Zvyagintsev’s feature film debut, a piercing and contemplative father-son tale, immediately established the director as a major international talent.
Two brothers discover that their father has returned home after years of absence without a word of explanation.
He is a hard, independent man with skills that suggest a military background. The elder of the two brothers is intrigued with his father, striving for his approval. The younger is filled with hatred and resentment…a true rebel.
As father and son go on a ‘holiday’ the boys must prove themselves daily to learn the secrets of his mysterious past.