Loveless – Review

Maryana Spivak as mom Zhenya and Matvey Novikov as her son Alyosha, in Loveless. Photo courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics ©

The title of director Andrey Zvyagintsev’s film Loveless sums up the world that twelve-year old Alyosha (or Alexey as his name is spelled in English subtitles) lives in, but it also describes his parents failed marriage, their own toxic childhoods and the social dysfunction of modern Russian society, in this powerful, moving Russian-language drama.

Eerie, hypnotic Loveless is suffused with chilly, haunting and beautiful images as it takes us through a devastated life in an unforgiving society, in which money trumps human feeling and unrealistic expectations abound. There is a harsh realism to this film but also a poetic depth to this unforgettable drama.

Loveless debuted at Cannes and was one of the nominees for the foreign-language Oscar. This is not the first time director Zvyagintsev, who also co-wrote the script,
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