Starring: Matvey Novikov, Vladimir Vdovichenkov, Maryana Spivak, Aleksey Rozin
Duration: 127 min
The disappearance of a divorcing couple’s son is the catalyst for Andrey Zvyagintsev’s latest state-of-the-nation feature after the award-winning Leviathan in 2014. Those familiar with any of the director’s 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 cinema’s 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.
8.4/10 14 ratings.