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Zhenya and Boris are going through a vicious divorce marked by resentment, frustration and recriminations. Already embarking on new lives, each with a new partner, they are impatient to start again, to turn the page - even if it means threatening to abandon their 12-year-old son Alexey. Until, after witnessing one of their fights, Alexey disappears...
Roger EbertFull Review Very Good "Loveless” can be seen not just as a drama of marital dysfunction but as a fierce metaphorical indictment of the society that produced its characters. Its story is easily sketched in. The way Zvyagintsev portrays this world is cold and clinical, just as its people are isolated in self-absorption.
Rolling StoneFull Review Very Good ...a mesmerizing meditation on the state of Russia today. Loveless is not an overtly political film, but it resonates with unease about the failure of government to serve the neediest... Loveless is nominated for an Oscar as Best Foreign-Language Film. It means to shake you. And it does.
Slant MagazineFull Review Very Good ...Loveless doesn't entirely abandon hope. One feels in the film's punishing bleakness a yearning for transcendence.
The GuardianFull Review Very Good ...mesmerising... ...a film that, with chilly precision, dissects the frozen corpse of a hollow society – personal, national and global. It's profoundly uncomfortable viewing: mournful, monstrous and weirdly mesmerising.
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