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Loveless (2017)

Nelyubov (original title)
R | | Drama | 1 June 2017 (Russia)
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A couple going through a divorce must team up to find their son who has disappeared during one of their bitter arguments.

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Andrey Zvyagintsev
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Maryana Spivak ... Zhenya
Aleksey Rozin ... Boris
Matvey Novikov ... Alyosha
Marina Vasileva Marina Vasileva ... Masha
Andris Keiss Andris Keiss ... Anton (as Andris Keyshs)
Aleksey Fateev Aleksey Fateev ... Ivan
Sergey Borisov Sergey Borisov ... Operupolnomochennyy
Natalya Potapova ... Mat Zheni (as Nataliya Potapova)
Anna Gulyarenko ... Mat Mashi
Artyom Zhigulin Artyom Zhigulin ... Kuznetsov
Maksim Solopov Maksim Solopov ... Otets Kuznetsova
Sergey Badichkin Sergey Badichkin ... Sosluzhivets Borisa
Tatyana Ryabokon Tatyana Ryabokon ... Rieltor
Maxim Stoyanov Maxim Stoyanov ... Pokupatel (as Maksim Stoyanov)
Varvara Shmykova Varvara Shmykova ... Lena, volontyor
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Still living under the same roof, the Moscow couple of Boris and Zhenya is in the terrible final stages of a bitter divorce. Under those circumstances, as both have already found new partners, the insults pour down like rain in this toxic familial battle zone, always pivoting around the irresolvable and urgent matter of Alyosha's custody, their 12-year-old only son. Unheard, unloved, and above all, unwanted, the introverted and unhappy boy feels that he is an intolerable burden, however, what his parents don't know is that he can hear every single word. As a result, when Boris and Zhenya finally realize that Alyosha has been missing for nearly two days, it is already too late. But is this a simple case of a runaway teenager? Written by Nick Riganas

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Taglines:

A Missing Child. A Marriage Destroyed. A Country in Crisis,

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Drama

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Rated R for strong sexuality, graphic nudity, language and a brief disturbing image | See all certifications »

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The film's premiere was at TIFF in Toronto in September 2017. See more »

Goofs

While the plot sets in late 2012, Sleepwalking by Bring Me The Horizon, that was released in 2013, plays in the car. See more »

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Zhenya: I think I've made a terrible mistake.
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Sleepwalking
Performed by Bring Me The Horizon
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A powerful critique of modern society
24 April 2018 | by proud_ludditeSee all my reviews

Moscow, 2012: Zhenya (Maryana Spivak) and Boris (Aleksey Rozin) are a miserably married couple preparing for a divorce as they try to sell their apartment. Each has a new lover as they prepare for their new lives but both are negligent of their tormented twelve-year old son, Alyosha (Matvey Novikov) - thus causing a major twist in the story.

Director/co-writer Andrey Zvyagintsev created a sensation with the very powerful "Leviathan" released in 2014. The earlier film was very critical of the authorities in Russian society (which irked actual Russian authorities) while "Loveless" is critical of the degradation of Russian individuals and society in general. Some characters are more attached to their smartphones than to the people around them. Boris is attached to the endless news cycle. (In one such scene, it is fascinating to hear the biased Russian media's take on the troubles in Ukraine a few years back).

Boris's worst characteristic is his extreme indifference to others while Zhenya is a verbally abusive monster. It is easy to despise her for the way she treats her husband and son but her story is brought to the forefront when the viewer witnesses her with her equally monstrous mother (Natalya Potapova). At this point the viewer sees Zhenya as someone at both ends of the tragic "unwanted child" syndrome - a trait that is sadly hereditary.

Among Zvyagintsev's gifts is the way he handles sex scenes. Rather than the quasi-pornography that is rampant in modern films, the sex scenes in this film are actually erotic and intimate. And despite the film's title, they do represent rare moments when people are loving toward each other.

He is also adept at maintaining a bleak mood throughout the film - one that reflects most of the characters and the society around them. There is an extended scene that involves an abandoned building. One can't help but observe that the building looks functional and even pleasant in some rooms. Like some of the human characters, it was unnecessarily neglected and left to rot.

The epilogue of "Loveless" takes place a few years after the main story. Without giving anything away, its conclusion is sad yet not altogether surprising considering the scenes that preceded it. It's the right conclusion for a very good film with very powerful performances. And its subtle jab against the degradation of people via modern technology is not just a Russian problem; it's truly universal. - dbamateurcritic


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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$30,222, 18 February 2018

Gross USA:

$566,356

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,925,992
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