Directed by Andrey Zvyagintsev. Russia. 2017. R. 2 hours 7 minutes. Sony Pictures Classics. Digital.
Fri., March 30, 2018 thru Thu., April 12, 2018
Ends Thu, Apr 12.
Zhenya and Boris are going through a vicious divorce marked by resentment, frustration and recriminations. Already embarking on new lives, each with a new partner, they are impatient to start again, to turn the page – even if it means threatening to abandon their 12-year-old son Alyosha. Until, after witnessing one of their fights, Alyosha disappears.
“The picture is made with a seeming chilliness that’s actually a kind of anguished warmth, and it works both as the story of a nation caught in a thorny crisis and as a fraught drama of a family torn apart by its own coldness and greed.” – Stephanie Zacharek, Time
“It’s a vision of breathtaking, casual cruelty that inexorably shifts from the personal into an indictment of a soul-sick country.” – Manohla Dargis, The N.Y. Times
“Few living filmmakers put as much care and intentionality into their storytelling craft as the emergent Russian master Andrey Zvyagintsev. . . . The camera in Loveless doesn’t just invisibly serve character and story, it functions as its own narrative device—the omniscient eye.” – Eric Hynes, Film Comment