Saturday, 5 May 2018

Loveless


Set in 2012 somewhere near Moscow, 12 years old Alyosha (Matvey Novikov) overhears his parents arguing over their impending divorce. Their conversation makes it clear that he is not loved and for various reasons neither parent wants to have custody of the child. So absorbed in their own concerns are the self centred parents that neither notices when Alyosha goes missing. The second half of 'Loveless' focuses on the actions taken to locate Alyosha.

It is not only the parents who have a loveless relationship, they seem surrounded by people unable to express love. The film comprises long, lingering scenes and long pauses suggesting that in the search for the boy a revealing moment is about to occur. Are these red herrings or genuine tips?

An unusual self reflection of middle class life in modern Russia.

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