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Author: The Editors

July/August 2017
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Summary: On Andrei Zvyagintsev's new film, Loveless, that is sure to be seen as a sign of the times and a touchstone for current interpretations of Russia.


It has been two years since Andrei Zvyagintsev won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, for his widely acclaimed Leviathan, which looked at the relationships between those who have power and those who do not. So naturally his newest film, Loveless, released in June (to be released in the US later this year on Sony Classics), has been highly anticipated.

Loveless is about a couple (Boris and Zhenya) ending a toxic relationship, untangling property while already entangled with new loves. There is bitterness and nary a sympathetic character in the film, except perhaps for the couple’s unloved 12-year-old son Alyosha (whose unwanted birth incited their union), who goes missing.

Russian film critic Anton Dolin raved about the film after its debut in Cannes.

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