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3.6
1,082 Ratings

Loveless

Нелюбовь

Directed by Andrey Zvyagintsev
France, Russia, 2017
Drama

Synopsis

A couple going through a divorce must team up to find their son who has disappeared during one of their bitter arguments.

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Loveless Directed by Andrey Zvyagintsev

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

2017 | Winner: Jury Prize

Academy Awards

2018 | Nominee: Best Foreign Language Film

Independent Spirit Awards

2018 | Nominee: Best International Film

I prefer Loznitza’s imperfections to the perfectly mastered authorial tone of a consecrated masterpiece like Nelyubov (Loveless). I suspect that Andrey Zvyagintsev does not like his characters – especially not the women – and treats them as mere symptoms of “what is wrong in contemporary Russia”.
March 21, 2018
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[Zvyagintsev’s wide-screen] technique peaked with the searing anti-Putin allegory Leviathan, Zvyagintsev’s best film to date, in which his compositions take on a political dimension, making the characters seem like pawns in a system beyond their control. His latest feature, Loveless, is no less cold or bitter than Leviathan and uses its wide-screen frame almost as effectively. The characters tend to be isolated from each other, the physical space between them reflecting their emotional distance.
March 01, 2018
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As George Orwell famously wrote in “1984,” “He who controls the past controls the future. He who controls the present controls the past.” Without a past to rely on, people are cut off from sources of strength, community, fellow feeling. Children are the ultimate victims. . . . “Loveless” is a hopeless film, and in the current atmosphere in Russia, admitting hopelessness is a radical act. “Loveless” is not afraid to call things by their proper names.
February 27, 2018
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What are people saying?

  • El Biffo's rating of the film Loveless

    A simple story, almost too simple, yet an elaborate way of illustrating absence of love. And not too subtle the extremely detestable parents. Not Zvyagintsev's best work, but that's a very high bar. Great abandoned building scenes and other beautifully crafted shots. There's an emotional vacancy that runs through all of Zvyagintsev's films, inviting viewers to view the whole world through his lens of disheartenment.

  • smndvdcl's rating of the film Loveless

    A bitter divorce as an allegory of the Russian socio-political climate? Hopefully, MSM Russophobes won't use this as a vehicle to peddle other agendas. It is a strong Zvyagintsev film. The exploration of technological solipsism, the tension between atheism and religion, gender dynamics in crisis and an enigmatic evaluation of Russia's annexation of Crimea make this a cerebral and profound melodrama indeed.

  • Matthew Martens's rating of the film Loveless

    5 stars for the Galperine brothers' closing credits' score, which came pretty close to convincing me I'd just watched a more incisive and original film than I had. My reflexive, eager agreement with Zvyagintsev's low opinion of human possibility, its sadness shading into numbness, only underlines its familiarity and complacency. But I guess there is a kind of novelty in the idea of Tarkovsky helming Ordinary People.

  • Jérémy Poirier's rating of the film Loveless

    Meticulous, cold and haunting is last year's Prix du Jury of the Cannes Film Festival. The social critique might be a little too obvious and unsubtle (the mother always on her cellphone, etc.) but in the end it all pays off really well. The cinematography is gorgeous and every shot is mesmerizing, the direction is impeccable and so is the acting. You can feel the abandonment in that kid's eyes. Very haunting film.

  • Duncan Gray's rating of the film Loveless

    As always for Zvyagintsev, the personal is political. Loveless suffers from obvious symbolism and topicality—the most blunt attempts at subtlety—and a case of arthouse dyspepsia where characters are aggressively awful to make a point. But as an allegory of indifference, it has some bite in it, paradoxically because it shows a peace that can be found from detaching. Who knows? After the damage, maybe something new.

  • HenriqueA's rating of the film Loveless

    Here's one motherfucker who knows how to use camera for dramatic effect without being too fetichist about it. And here's a motherfucking bleak film that gives you just enough hope to keep on going. Outstanding.

  • Henri de Corinth's rating of the film Loveless

    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.

  • OFF_FRAME's rating of the film Loveless

    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

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