World Cinema Season: Loveless
The disappearance of a divorcing couples son is the catalyst for Andrey Zvyagintsevs latest state-of-the-nation feature after the award-winning Leviathan in 2014. Those familiar with any of the directors previous credits - which include The Return (2003) and Elena (2011) - will know to expect cutting social commentary, impeccable direction and striking characterisation; this is another masterful vision of contemporary Russian life from one of world cinemas foremost directors.When twelve-year-old Alyosha (Matvey Novikov) goes missing after school one day, his parents Zhenya (Maryana Spivak) and Boris (Aleksey Rozin) must put aside their mutual loathing and acrimonious divorce proceedings in order to help find their missing child. Wrapped up in their own individual concerns, they are unprepared for the time-consuming and emotionally fraught task ahead of them. Winner of both the Jury Prize at Cannes and Best Film at London Film Festival, Loveless is not to be missed.Andrei Zvyagintsevs Loveless is a stark, mysterious and terrifying story of spiritual catastrophe: a drama with the ostensible form of a procedural crime thriller. It has a hypnotic intensity and unbearable ambiguity which is maintained until the very end. ★★★★★ The GuardianAndrey Zvyagintsevs pristine drama is a pitiless critique on Russia *****The Telegraph Director: Andrey ZvyagintsevCast: Vladimir Vdovichenkov, Matvey Novikov, Maryana Spivak, Aleksey RozinRun time: 127 minsRussian with English subtitles
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