When Kelli (Linda Cardellini, Freaks & Geeks, Brokeback Mountain) returns home from war, she expected to slowly but surely settle back into her life with her husband (Michael Shannon, Boardwalk Empire) and kids in the small town she grew up in. But she gradually realizes that the life she left behind is no longer there waiting for her. Depicting Kelli’s struggle to find her place in a life she no longer recognizes, Linda Cardellini delivers a tour de force performance, leading an all-star cast that also includes John Slattery (Mad Men).

“It’s what indie filmmaking ought to be” – Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York

“Johnson’s feel for the rhythms of reconnection are steady, and she and her fine actors make RETURN one of only a handful of films to honestly address what to many is heartbreaking reality.” – Joe Neumaier, New York Daily New

** Cannes Film Festival Director’s Fortnight 2011

Film Details

Directed by Liza Johnson, 98 minutes, 2011

Year Funded

  • 2010-2007