Film Review: Loveless (2017) by Andrey Zvyagintsev

Russian filmmaker Andrey Zvyagintsev’s fifth movie, after the colossal 2014’s “Leviathan”, is a harsh and cogent critique to his motherland, starting from an observation of its more traditional institution – the family – and broadening to the whole contemporary Russian society.

Boris (Alexey Rozin) and Zhenya (Maryana Spivak) are a Russian couple, a typical example of a middle-class that is becoming increasingly affluent. The two have reached the bitter end of their relationship; they can’t stay in the same space for more than few minutes without starting pathetic squabbles that inevitably end up in full-blown, very angry brawls. In fact, they are only waiting to sell the apartment where they still live as “separated-at-home” together with their 12-year-old son Alyosha (Matvey Novikov). After getting rid of this last bit of shared life, they will be free to move on as they both have new relationships and are
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