I would like to be able to draw parallels between LOVELESS and Ingmar
FROM A MARRIAGE, transplanted to a different era and acted out by different
urbanites devoid of any real self-awareness or doubt, an average middle-class
Sick of each other after many years of marriage, a man and a woman are going
divorce. It's an unremarkable situation... Only, both have new projects. They want
to turn the
page, begin a new chapter of their lives, with new partners and new emotions
that will help them
to feel complete and full of promise. Past experience has disheartened them a
bit, but they remain
confident in the future. All that remains for them to do is to offload the
burden that stands
between them and happiness: their son, Alyosha, a stranger to both of them, who
ragdoll that each of them throws vindictively into the other's face.
"I'll change; I won't repeat the mistakes that led me to this
disillusionment; I will begin anew."
These are the thoughts of people who blame others for their fiascos. In the end,
the only thing
you can really change is yourself. Only then will the world around you glow once
only a terrible loss can allow this to happen.
Our post-modern era is a post-industrial society inundated by a constant flow
received by individuals with very little interest in other people, as anything
else than a means to
an end. These days, it's every man for himself. The only way out of this
indifference is to devote
oneself to others, even perfect strangers - like the volunteer search
coordinator who combs the
town looking for the vanished child, with no promise of reward, as if it was his
purpose. This basic task imbues his every action with meaning. It is the only
means of fighting
dehumanization and the world's disarray.
- Andrey Zvyagintsev
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