Bleak, dreary, cold (literally and emotionally), these are the words that come to mind after watching Loveless. The little boy’s brief appearance is heartbreaking. The parents are detached and self-centered. The mother can’t seem to get off her phone and the father is more worried about his job and his childish (pregnant) new girlfriend. The volunteers searching for Alyosha seem more invested in his return than his parents. The one time they seem to show any emotion is when they are at the morgue. They seem to realize that even if they wanted him to just go away, they didn’t want any harm to come to him. In the end, neither seem to be changed by the experience. The cinematography is very good, you feel the harshness and the futility of their existence. I thought the two graphic sex scenes were gratuitous, but that might be a Russian thing.
A couple going through a divorce must team up to find their son who has disappeared during one of their bitter arguments.
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|Principle Cast||Maryana Spivak, Aleksey Rozin, Matvey Novikov|
|Screenwriter||Oleg Negin, Andrey Zvyagintsev|
|Run Time||127 minutes|
|Premier||Cannes Film Festival 2017|
|Academy Awards Nomination||Best Foreign Language Film of the Year (Russia)|