TIFF 2017. Bitter variation on Scenes from a Marriage. In a way it kind of reminds me of L'avventura in how it observes the characters' response to a disappearance -which is largely informed by their bourgeois status. Suffice it to say that this is easily the darkest and most upsetting film Zvyagintsev has made. The use of Arvo Pärt's music is perfect.
Not as powerful emotionally or formally for me as Leviafan, this one feels more in line with the distanced coldness of Elena. It's hard to find empathy with such narcissistic characters but there are some powerful moments of revelation; particularly around how disassociation lets us mask pain and hurt, forcing us act with retaliation that's often at odds with what we truly need. Fantastic credits score!! 3.5 stars
It's weird that hardly anyone points out that the film is full of hope coming as a perfectly organized volunteers team.There's a deeply humanistic idea behind their impressive search routines which took a good half of the screen time.Even if we are foresaken kids living in a society ruled by indifference and cynicism, there's still a chance we could set up our own structures and transform the leviathan from within.
Well, this movie almost killed half of the auditory at the cinema. It's really painful to watch especially for me, for person who has lived in Russia for years, because of its truthfulness. We don't talk about problems like these, we're too busy to check out instagram feed. We don't develop our relationships, we just ruin them and lose the closest ones. He found a painful point again. Bravo
In several shots, the genius of Zvyaguintsev as a director is so overwhelming you could cry with joy (when the door closes revealing the boy ; when a passerby doesn't notice the poster and the camera follows him...). Apart from that, it's a terrible but realistic portrait of relationships nowadays. It's grim and hopeless, but so beautiful.
The scene in the car, when the music is loud and Zhenya tilts her head back in neurotic desperation is strangely enchanting. So unexpected, as a beautiful verse not riming with the rest, in Zvyagintsev's poetry.
May not be as powerful and devastating as Leviathan but Loveless still marks Zvyagintsev as one of the very best filmmakers out there. His love / hate relationship with his homeland tactfully surfaces in the most delicate moments of his narrative. A true genius.
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