Cert: 15 Runtime: 127 mins Director: Andrey Zvyaginstev Cast: Maryana Spivak, Aleksey Rozin and Matvey Novikov
I think I’ve made a terrible mistake
Andrey Zvyaginstev made a stamp in cinema with Lethiavan in 2014. His latest Loveless made it’s debut at the Cannes Film Festival with a positive response, it then moved on to be nominated at this years Academy Awards. So what is Loveless all about you ask? Zhenya (Maryana Spivak) and Boris (Alexey Rozin) are going through a vicious divorce marked by resentment, frustration and recriminations. Already embarking on new lives, each with a new partner, they are impatient to start again, to turn the page – even if it means threatening to abandon their 12-year-old son Alyosha. Until, after witnessing one of their fights, Alyosha disappears…Loveless is a socking experience because of its unbearable truth. This society that is described could be anywhere. Not only in Russia. Loveless is so beautifully and carefully made; is awesome how it takes his time to express and show how the characters are and what his title means.
You see the two main characters and their lack of love, how that transform their lives and most important how it determines another person’s life, in this case the boy. After we saw everything about both parents and how they try to find love far from the other (being his son the only link between both) a situation when they need to be together appears. Zvyagintsev’s Direction is clean and precise with well thought out camera compositions. The minimal score is spare but effective. Loveless is all about the mood and sharp portrayal of modern relationships (both to ourselves and to each other). This kind of stuff is difficult to put into words adequately, and neither should it be – because journey goes to modern man’s unconscious side, not rational. It may be difficult to say one ‘enjoyed’ a distressing movie like LOVELESS, but, it earn your admiration.