A lot of military stories ladle on audio-visual artifice, in an attempt to create impactful audience identification with the disorienting nature of war or its psychological after-effects. Return, however, is a subjective document that plays out against the banality of everyday existence, wherein crisis unfolds in slow motion, and sometimes almost imperceptible strokes. The film stars Linda Cardellini as Kelli, a Rust Belt supply line soldier who comes back from a tour of duty and experiences a vague, free-floating sense of dislocation from her plumber husband Mike (Michael Shannon) and two young girls, and in the din of domestic homecoming dramas, it’s a striking, humane, low-fi offering. Speaking recently by phone with director Liza Johnson from her home in Brooklyn, I had a chance to discuss the 25-day shoot of her narrative debut effort, as well as her path to filmmaking, her planned next project, and the secrets of playing drunk on screen. The conversation is excerpted over at ShockYa, so click here for the full read. For a review of the movie, click here.