BBFC RatingLoveless

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DirectorAndrey Zvyagintsev
CountryRussia, France, Germany, Belgium
Running Time2HR 7MINS
Extra InfoSubtitled
SeasonMain Programme
Audio Accessible

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.