Filmfest 2011

Back from a military tour of duty, Kelli can’t wait to rejoin her old life in the Rust Belt town she’s always known. She’s ready to experience the feelings of everyday life—the carpet under her bare feet, the smell of her baby’s head. But slowly, her world comes to feel unfamiliar. Her friends love her but seem preoccupied with trifles. Her children need more focused attention than she can give, and as much as he tries, her husband Mike doesn’t understand what she’s been through. As Kelli’s dislocation ripples through her world, she risks becoming an outsider. When she’s thrown back on her own resources Kelli has to struggle to find a new way forward. "RETURN is not a political argument, or at least it is not one in the pro-and-con polemical style that dominates American political conversation. The film doesn’t make moral judgments about war or the homeland — it walks a line that makes those judgments difficult, or at least beside the point." Liza Johnson

tags: Feature film

Cast: Linda Cardellini, Michael Shannon, John Slattery, Talia Balsam, Emma Rayne Lyle


Director: Liza Johnson