Probably the most depressing film I've seen thus far in 2018. It paints a very bleak and pessimistic picture of Russia in the early 21st century. The characters of this film all have such a strange and paradoxically self-centered idea of what love is, and what it should be. Instead of just being caring and loving towards others, they see it as something they can obtain through change. Really messed with me. Good film
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.
"Loveless" is one of the best films of 2017. From Russian director Zvyagintsev. A film of metaphors. Politics and religion are important as in the previous films of the director--only they are not so obvious in his latest work. My full review is at http://moviessansfrontiers.blogspot.in/2018/01/218-russian-director-andrey.html
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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