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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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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 »

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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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Features Dom 2 (2004) See more »

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Sleepwalking
Performed by Bring Me The Horizon
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Might be the best and most melancholic film of the year.
24 December 2017 | by FilmsFillMyHolesSee all my reviews

Loveless is a depressingly profound experience.

It paints the world as it is, not shying away from showing the bitter emptiness, disconnect and sorrow (which we usually choose to ignore) that surrounds our society. The desperate search for happiness, the unbelievable selfishness, lack of compassion and love, as the title suggests, that seperates generations of people in our modern times of self-absorbed("anti")social media. The film manages to achive these incredible feats (without being preachy) in its fantastically written and acted multi-layered and complex characters, whom as the story goes on beautifully unravel from just simple despicable people to characters that you understand and by the end sort of empathize with and pity (though not all of them: the character of the father is kind of an exception, he's a bit underdeveloped). Though our main characters represent what is wrong with our society, Loveless manages to keep a hopeful balance showing the good side as well with its selfless side-characters, the search party.

Andrey Zvyagintsev's direction is immaculate, from the beautiful cinematography, with its lingering shots of the dreary Russian winterlands and cityscapes filling you with a sense of melancholy and loneliness, to the authentic writing and the tragic story itself.

Loveless is a tough watch that challenges the warped values of the 21st century, holding a mirror towards our modern society, still unable to escape the same endless cycle it's always been trapped in. A dour but realistic meditation on humanity's need for love.

/as schmaltzy or cheesy as this review sounds I assure you the film is the furthest thing from being those things./


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Russia | France | Germany | Belgium

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Russian | Tajik | Portuguese

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1 June 2017 (Russia) See more »

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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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2.35 : 1
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