Fork Films
Lisa Schwarzbaum
February 10, 2012 AT 05:00 AM EST


Current Status
In Season

We gave it a B+

Plainspoken realism enhances the power of Return, a notable addition to the growing catalog of dramas about American soldiers who have difficulty readjusting to home life after tours of duty. So too does the fact that this soldier, closely observed by installation artist and first-time feature filmmaker Liza Johnson, is a wife and mother of two young daughters. As soldier/mom, Linda Cardellini conveys dislocation with eloquent silence, sometimes just in how she looks at a TV screen. Michael Shannon meets the challenge of playing a husband who doesn’t understand the wife changing before his eyes. (On VOD Feb. 28) B+

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