Liza Johnson


Back from a 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.

“Exceptional mise en scène and direction of actors, RETURN is the portrait of a woman, interpreted by the remarkably talented Linda Cardellini, facing uncertainty and doubt when she returns home from Irak. With Michael Shannon and John Slattery.”

Marzena Moskal, selection commitee

Quinzaine des Réalisateurs 2011

First movie
Full-length film, 1h37



Liza Johnson

Liza Johnson’s work has been exhibited internationally in museums, galleries, and film festivals, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Wexner Center for the Arts, the Walker Art Center as well as the New York, Berlin, and Rotterdam Film Festivals. She has been a fellow of the DAAD Berliner Kunstle.

portrait Liza Johnson
  Liza Johnson

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Liza Johnson


anglais / english


Anne Etheridge


Chen Harpaz

Set decoration

Inbal Weinberg


Paul Zucker


T. Griffin

Professional infos