Loveless (Nelyubov)


(out of 5)

A couple who are divorcing and are awaiting the sale of their Moscow apartment fight with each other on a regular basis, not the least bit aware that their heartbroken son crumbles under the weight of their unashamed bitterness.  After both members of the couple spend the night with their lovers, thinking the other is home, they discover the next day that their son has gone missing.   Two people who explode angrily every time they are together now have to team up to figure out where the boy could have gone or, even worse, what could have happened to him.  The authorities get involved and do thorough searches of the woods and interview the kid’s friends, while the parents are forced to go on a road trip to visit her mother (the film’s best scene), each possibility resulting in no answers and increasing fears of what could have happened to him.  A plot that sets up some great opportunities, a dark comedy of remarriage, for example, or a thriller with the depth of human emotional pain, is instead a boring polemic on the destructive nature of smartphones (get OVER it, people), with director Andrey Zvyagintsev so dead set upon judging his characters that the whole thing is stale and obsessed with symbolism instead of drama.  A few moments stand out, the closeup of the boy reacting to his parents fighting at the beginning is devastating, and ‘s excellent performance finds its highest achievement in the morgue scene at the end.

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///, 2017

Directed by

Screenplay by , Andrey Zvyagintsev

Cinematography by

Produced by , ,

Music by ,

Production Design by

Film Editing by

Film Festivals: , Cannes 2017

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Golden Globe Award Nomination
Best Picture-Foreign Language

Cannes Film Festival Award
Jury Prize

European Film Awards
Best European Cinematographer
Best European Composer

Best European Film
Best European Director (Andrey Zvyagintsev)
Best European Screenwriter

Independent Spirit Award Nomination
Best International Film

Los Angeles Film Critics Award
Best Foreign Film

National Board of Review Award
Top Five Foreign Language Films

Toronto Film Critics Award Nomination
Best Foreign Language Film

Chicago Film Critics Award Nomination
Best Foreign Language Film

British Academy Award Nomination
Best Film Not In The English Language


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