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Maryana Spivak as mom Zhenya and Matvey Novikov as her son Alyosha, in Loveless. Photo courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics ©

The title of director Andrey Zvyagintsev’s film Loveless sums up the world that twelve-year old Alyosha (or Alexey as his name is spelled in English subtitles) lives in, but it also describes his parents failed marriage, their own toxic childhoods and the social dysfunction of modern Russian society, in this powerful, moving Russian-language drama.

Eerie, hypnotic Loveless is suffused with chilly, haunting and beautiful images as it takes us through a devastated life in an unforgiving society, in which money trumps human feeling and unrealistic expectations abound. There is a harsh realism to this film but also a poetic depth to this unforgettable drama.

Loveless debuted at Cannes and was one of the nominees for the foreign-language Oscar. This is not the first time director Zvyagintsev, who also co-wrote the script,
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Movie Review – Loveless (2017)

Loveless, 2017.

Directed by Andrey Zvyagintsev.

Starring Maryana Spivak, Aleksey Rozin, Varvara Shmykova, Matvey Novikov, Daria Pisareva, and Yanina Hope.

Synopsis:

A couple going through a divorce must team up to find their son who has disappeared during one of their bitter arguments.

Loveless is detached and bleak, a window into the lives of a couple near the finish line of a nasty divorce where each partner already has a new flame. The issue is that their 12-year-old son Alexei is neglected and ignored to the point where the depressed lad winds up missing (either he ran away or something much more sinister has happened). Then again, both Zhenya and Boris are such selfish and one track minded individuals that it’s hard to imagine a time when the boy ever did feel truly loved. Yet, director Andrey Zvyagintsev (most known for his previous accolade garnering feature Leviathan) consistently finds ways
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Movie Review – Loveless (2017)

Loveless, 2017.

Directed by Andrey Zvyagintsev.

Starring Maryana Spivak, Aleksey Rozin, and Matvey Novikov.

Synopsis:

A couple going through a divorce must team up to find their son who has disappeared during one of their bitter arguments.

Loveless issues two stark warnings to its audience: don’t let your resentment for another render you without love for anyone, and don’t trust movie trailers. While the film’s two-minute long preview promises a dark, haunting, thriller, what the film delivers is a politically charged quagmire of despair that isn’t half as clever as it thinks it is.

The film’s opening minutes are composed of long, static wide shots and silence, which give fill the audience with a palpable sense of unease. After the silence breaks, we are introduced to Alyosha (Matvey Novikov), son of Zhenya and Boris (Maryana Spivak and Aleksey Rozin) and perhaps the only likeable character in the movie.
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‘Loveless’ Review: Dir. Andrey Zvyagintsev (2018)

Loveless review: Andrey Zvyagintsev directs this praised Russian drama, a firm Cannes favourite from 2017 and Oscar nominee in the best foreign language film category at this year’s awards.

Loveless review by Andrew Gaudion.

Loveless review

Director Andrey Zvyagintsev saw Academy recognition with his 2014 dry tragedy Leviathan, and the 53 year-old Russian director has once again had his work recognised by the Academy with his new film Loveless begin selected as one of the nominees for this year’s Best Foreign Language Picture. While Leviathan didn’t receive Government approval, his latest has, even though it is a much more direct and damning view of modern day Russia. It is bleak, often very distressing but a vital piece of Russian cinema that proves to be very hard to shake off.

The film follows Zhenya (Maryana Spivak) and Boris (Aleksey Rozin), a couple in the midst of divorce and separate affairs. The
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Cannes Winning Best Actor and Lanthimos' Quirky 'Family' Thriller Academy Award Chances?

'120 Beats per Minute' trailer: Robin Campillo's AIDS movie features plenty of drama and a clear sociopolitical message. AIDS drama makes Pedro Almodóvar cry – but will Academy members tear up? (See previous post re: Cannes-Oscar connection.) In case France submits it to the 2018 Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, screenwriter-director Robin Campillo's AIDS drama 120 Beats per Minute / 120 battements par minute, about the Paris Act Up chapter in the early 1990s, could quite possibly land a nomination. The Grand Prix (Cannes' second prize), international film critics' Fipresci prize, and Queer Palm winner offers a couple of key ingredients that, despite its gay sex scenes, should please a not insignificant segment of the Academy membership: emotionalism and a clear sociopolitical message. When discussing the film after the presentation of the Palme d'Or, Pedro Almodóvar (and, reportedly, jury member Jessica Chastain) broke into tears. Some believed, in fact, that 120 Beats per Minute
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‘Loveless’ At Cannes: Russian Love On The Rocks Leaves Child Missing – Watch

‘Loveless’ At Cannes: Russian Love On The Rocks Leaves Child Missing – Watch
Exclusive: We’ve seen family life unravel on screen in movies like American Beauty and Ordinary People, but Russian director Andrey Zvyagintsev takes the meaning of the word “broken” to a whole other level in Loveless, which premiered tonight at the Cannes Film Festival in competition. Loveless follows a bitter couple Zhenya (Maryana Spivak) and Boris (Aleksey Rozin) who are too content to get divorced, their actions already speaking more than any words they could scream…
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Elena Movie Review

Elena Movie Review
Title: Elena Director: Andrei Zvyagintsev Starring: Nadezhda Markina, Andrey Smirnov and Aleksey Rozin Building tension is an art form in itself. Hitchcock knew that, and apparently so does Andrei Zvyagintsev. It is also quite apparent that he is a student of Hitchcock with his newest slow-burner, Elena; which is a follow-up from the The Return, another film with the same moral ambiguity. Elena would be classified as a modern film noir, if we’re looking to categorize cinema. Even the opening shot carries some unnervingly ominous symbolism, with a raven landing on an empty, autumnal tree branch and cawing loudly, making the only noise that can be heard. We gaze through [ Read More ]
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Film Of The Week: Elena

by Vadim Rizov

Elena is didactic filmmaking and in interviews, director Andrei Zvyagintsev hasn't been shy in explicitly stating his fundamental criticism of the contemporary Russian underclass. "This is how they will behave," he noted in an interview conducted at the film's Cannes premiere. "At one point we considered calling the film The Invasion of the Barbarians." "They" are the title character's (Nadezhda Markina) son Sergei (Aleksey Rozin) and his family, notably grandson Sasha (Igor Orgutsov), whose grades are so bad he'll end up serving mandatory army time unless the right college officials are bribed. Former nurse Elena wants far wealthier second husband Vladimir (Andrey Smirnov) to provide the money, but he refuses on angry principle, insisting military discipline is just the right education for a directionless young man.

The harshest dialogue's always closest to the director's unambiguous public statements. Vladimir's daughter Katya (Elena Lyadova) is a disappointment ("a goddamned hedonist,
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Elena Movie Review

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Elena Movie Review
Title: Elena Director: Andrei Zvyagintsev Cast: Yelena Lyadova, Nadezhda Markina and Aleksey Rozin Starting with an extremely long take of the outside of a luxury apartment, filmmaker Andrei Zvyagintsev almost challenges the audience to pay attention to every detail in the frame of his film “Elena.” As the shot pushes on, it’s as if the filmmaker is telling the audience not to go inside, not to get involved with the rich drama that is happening, the shot is the point of no return for the audience. This invokes so many ideas about voyeurism and the nature of human interactions; smartly Andrei Zvyagintsev builds upon these ideas once we get inside. [ Read More ]
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Trailer & Poster For Cannes Winner ‘Elena,’ From ‘The Return’ Director Andrei Zvyagintsev

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One of the best directorial debuts of the last decade was Andrei Zvyagintsev‘s The Return. The small story following two brothers packed a punch thanks to the director’s perfect pacing and unsettling style. His latest film, Elena, picked up the special jury prize at Cannes this past May and now a new trailer has arrived. The story isn’t grabbing me as much as his past films, but as with most foreign dramas of this ilk, the slow-burn appeal is hard to pack into a minute-and-half piece. Check it out below, along with a new poster thanks to In Contention, for the film starring Yelena Lyadova, Nadezhda Markina, Aleksey Rozin and Andrey Smirnov.

Synopsis:

Elena and Vladimir are an older couple, they come from different backgrounds. Vladimir is a wealthy and cold man, Elena comes from a modest milieu and is a docile wife. They have met late
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