Andrey Zvyagintsev follows up Leviathan, his powerhouse tale of corruption in contemporary Russia, with the equally masterful Loveless.
Both a hypnotic thriller and an impassioned drama of spiritual crisis, Loveless centres on the disappearance of a young boy.
Zhenya (Maryana Spivak) and Boris (Aleksey Rozin) 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...
In this brilliantly bleak and mysterious drama, Zvyagintsev investigates the microcosm of familial dysfunction against wider societal malaise; aligning the internal apocalypse of divorce with the metaphysical ills of modern Russia.