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The Return

By Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Buffy star is haunted by violent memories.

Movie PG-13 2006 85 minutes
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Moody, impressionistic, and bleak, THE RETURN explores supernatural links between two women who never knew each other. Until the end, when it actually explains too much, the film maintains a certain mystery, only gradually revealing Joanna's horrible visions. Joanna is both spectator and agent in her own story. You'll figure out the secret long before she does, and its basis -- a woman killed by a rural cretin -- is pretty stale.

But Asif Kapadia's film is more like a tone poem than a horror movie, and, as such, it's gorgeous, full of unexpected images and choices, of color, and framing. Joanna's subjective journey doesn't end well, but the film doesn't shy away from the harrowing, lonely work of recovering from emotional trauma.

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