The searing, multi award-winning new drama from Russian master Andrey Zvyagintsev (Elena, Leviathan, The Return), LOVELESS is a razor-sharp portrayal and gripping portrayal of a family – and society – on the precipice of collapse.

Нелюбовьv
Director: Andrey Zvyagintsev
Cast: Maryana Spivak, Alexey Rozin, Matvey Novikov, Marina Vasilyeva, Andris Keishs
Duration: 127 mins
Country of Origin: Russia

MA15+Strong sex scenes


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Loveless

★★★★★
“A masterpiece. An eerie thriller of hypnotic, mysterious intensity.“
Peter Bradshaw, THE GUARDIAN

★★★★1/2
“Masterful. If you’re interested in finding out more about life in Vladimir Putin’s Russia — not the political side of life but the ordinary, everyday lives of “typical” Russians — you need look no further. This is among the best films made anywhere in the world over the past 15 years. Never less than riveting.“
David Stratton, THE WEEEKEND AUSTRALIAN

★★★★1/2
“Beautifully crafted. This austere, masterful film shows the absolute control Zvyagintsev has over his art. It is so beautiful.“
Margaret Pomeranz, FOXTEL ARTS SCREEN

★★★★1/2
“Fascinating. Absolutely extraordinary on so many levels. The best film I’ve seen so far this year easily.“
Graeme Blundell, FOXTEL ARTS SCREEN

“Intelligent and poetic. There is no other film I have seen over the past decade that has spoken to the damage of our times as eloquently and profoundly. It’s a masterpiece. If you care about the art of cinema, do not miss this film.”
Christos Tsiolkas, THE SATURDAY PAPER

★★★★
“Vivid and real. The sense that this is all happening now, before our eyes, is gripping. At the same time, Zvyagintsev brings a poetic edge to his imagery that jangles the senses.“
Paul Byrnes, SMH/THE AGE

★★★★★
“A masterpiece. A stunningly well crafted and extraordinarily observant depiction of modern life, relationships, parenting, and society. At every turn it is revealing and stunningly precise about the human condition. It offers the viewer a chance not only to reflect on their own life but to truly search their soul. Like the very, very best films, I believe that if I listen to it, I can be a slightly better person for it.”
C.J. Johnson, ABC LOCAL RADIO

★★★★1/2
“Riveting. A thriller that rattles the soul. What makes Loveless a great film, rather than just a good film, apart from the exquisite cinematography, is Zvyagintsev’s ability to implicate his audience in the story. Unsentimental, unsparing, unutterably sad… Loveless makes a powerful argument for human tenderness.“
Vicky Roach, THE SUNDAY TELEGRAPH

20/20.
“Extraordinarily assured. A beautifully realised piece of cinema. It is filled with a feeling of lament about the malaise that has hollowed out Putin’s authoritarian state, but it works on the heart not the mind.”
Julian Wood, FILMINK

★★★★
“Deeply felt and beautifully told.“
Lynden Barber, LIMELIGHT MAGAZINE

“Impressive. An unflinching, astutely observed chronicle and reflection on Russian society. Recommended.”
Jason Di Rosso, ABC RADIO NATIONAL

“A stunner. Zvyagintsev’s filmmaking has a driving force that hurtles you along. He turns the story of one family into an X-ray of a nation’s bruised soul. It means to shake you. And it does”
Peter Travers, ROLLING STONE

“Powerfully magnetic. We stare, hearts in mouths. When the state loses its humanity, Mr. Zvyagintsev seems to be asking, how long can its citizens hold onto theirs?”
Jeanette Catsoulis, THE NEW YORK TIMES

“Remarkable. Cinephiles will no doubt eagerly tick off parallels with Haneke, Antonioni or Bergman, but ultimately this is a film that operates on its own unique frequency. Zvyagintsev’s touch is as light as snow.“
Leslie Felperin, SCREEN INTERNATIONAL

2018 ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE – BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
2018 GOLDEN GLOBE NOMINEE – BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
WINNER – BEST FOREIGN FILM – 2018 CÉSAR AWARDS
WINNER – JURY PRIZE – 2017 CANNES INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
WINNER – BEST FILM – 2017 BFI LONDON FILM FESTIVAL
WINNER – BEST FILM – 2017 MUNICH FILM FESTIVAL
WINNER – BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY, BEST COMPOSER – 2017 EUROPEAN FILM AWARDS

The searing, multi award-winning new drama from Andrey Zvyagintsev (Leviathan, Elena, The Return), arguably the most fearless and vital filmmaker in modern European cinema, LOVELESS is a razor-sharp and gripping portrayal of a family – and society – on the precipice of collapse.

Boris (Alexey Rozin) and Zhenya (Maryana Spivak) live together in the same Moscow apartment, but their relationship is all but over. Caught in a spiral of slanging matches and eager to be freed into the company of new lovers, the only thing keeping them together is the still-to-be-finalised sale of their apartment. What this means for their 12-year-old son, Alyosha (Matvey Novikov), doesn’t seem to be of primary concern. But when he doesn’t return home one night, the couple are confronted by ambivalent and resource-strained authorities, and must mount their own independent search… one that forces them to confront their fears, past actions and complacency.

Shot with trademark precision, his stately compositions paired with taut moral narratives of greed and injustice, Zvyagintsev again proves to be the pre-eminent chronicler of his country’s 21st century malaise. Earning rave reviews at Cannes, where it topped the Screen International jury poll as best of the festival, LOVELESS is one of the most powerful and essential cinematic experiences of 2018. Don’t miss it.

MORE…
“Loveless director defies ministry with a vision of Russia’s moral decay” – Andrey Zvyagintsev with The Sydney Morning Herald.

“How Andrey Zvyagintsev overcame claims by his own government that his work was ‘anti-Russian'” – SBS Movies.

“Dissident? I’m more of a clown.” – Andrey Zvyagintsev with The Observer‘s Xan Brooks.

“Russia’s Oscar entry ‘Loveless’ uses divorcing couple to delve into nation’s moral issues” – Andrey Zvyagintsev with The Hollywood Reporter.

“Love in a colder climate” – Andrey Zvyagintsev on the business of parents and children and on Tarkovsky and Putin with The Financial Review‘s Raphael Abraham.

“The thorn in Putin’s side: The Loveless director combines philosophical ideas with daring political commentary” – Andrey Zvyagintsev with The New Statesman’s‘s Ryan Gilbey.

Producer Alexander Rodnyansky on the similarities between life under Putin and Trump’s America, and why ‘Loveless’ was deliberately made without any support from the Russian government – The Hollywood Reporter.

“You need to look in the opposite direction to see what’s on the other side” – Andrey Zvyagintsev with Cineuropa.

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