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Loveless

Nelyubov

Andrey Zvyagintsev (The Return, Leviathan) takes a caustic look at contemporary Russian values as a couple going through a divorce deal with their son’s disappearance.

Credits

Dir Andrey Zvyagintsev
Prod Alexandre Rodnyansky, Serguey Melkumov
Scr Oleg Negin, Andrey Zvyagintsev
With Maryana Spivak, Alexey Rozin, Matvey Novikov
Russia-France-Belgium-Germany
2017
127min
UK Distribution Altitude Film Distribution

Andrey Zvyagintsev’s follow-up to his LFF2014 Best Film winner Leviathan, about a couple whose son disappears as they’re just about to divorce, paints a quietly horrific picture of life in contemporary Russia. Still reluctantly sharing their apartment, Boris and Zhenya can’t wait to end their marriage and begin anew with their respective lovers; such is their mutual dislike, they’re oblivious to the terrible effect their constant arguments are having on their shy, lonely 12-year-old son Alyosha. Then one day they discover that the boy’s no longer to be found, and they’re expected to work together in dealing both with the police and with a group of volunteers who search for missing children. Faced with bureaucratic lassitude and focused on their own romantic, erotic, professional and hedonistic aspirations, the parents – clearly representative of certain aspects of Russian society – are ill-equipped to deal with this time-consuming catastrophe; desperate for love themselves, they seemingly have none to spare. Working with his regular writing partner Oleg Negin, Zvyagintsev expertly balances taut suspense, vivid characterisation and state-of-the-nation commentary, while his sensitivity to subtly expressive sound and eloquent, resonant images remains undiminished. Another gem from a boldly imaginative filmmaker.

Geoff Andrew

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