WIFF | FILMS

LOVELESS

Review

Director:

Andrey Zvyagintsev

Genre:

Drama

Country:

 Russia/ France

Rated:

UNRATED

Year:

2017

Language:

Russian 

Runtime:

127 Minutes

Description:

Among the snowy high-rises of modern Moscow live stocky salesman Boris and Zhenya, a youthful salon owner. Having migrated to shiny new partners, the couple's relationship is coming to a bitter end and the fate of their 12-year-old son Alyosha is the last thing on their minds. When Alyosha goes missing without a trace, his parents can barely grieve in unison.

Loveless is a story about a heartless marriage on the verge of collapse faced with tragedy. It also illuminates multilayered dichotomies embedded in Russian society. Battles between old and new beliefs, public and private institutions, post-Soviet infrastructures and nouveau riche establishments linger throughout.

Loveless may at first appear to be about a specifically Russian phenomenon, but it's not. Lovelessness is universal.

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