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thumbnail Loveless (2017 Russia)

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Director: Andrey Zvyagintsev
Starring: Maryana Spivak, Aleksey Rozin, Matvey Novikov
Genre: Drama
Duration: 129 mins
Rated R

Andrei Zvyagintsev’s film is a stark, mysterious and terrifying story of spiritual catastrophe: a drama with the ostensible form of a procedural crime thriller. This is a story of modern Russia whose people are at the mercy of implacable forces, a place where the ordinary need for survival has mutated into an unending aspirational demand for status, money, freedom to find an advantageous second marriage which brings a nice apartment, sex, luxury and the social media prerogative of selfies and self-affirmation, all of it overseen by intensely conservative social norms of Christianity, conformism and nationalism.
Zhenya and Boris are going through the awful final stages of a failed marriage. Already embarking on new lives, each with a new partner, they are impatient to start again even if it means threatening to abandon their 12-year-old son Alyosha. Until, after witnessing one of their fights, Alyosha disappears.

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