Loveless



This film will be introduced by Times Newspaper Chief Film Critic and author Kevin Maher who will host a Q&A session after the screening of the film.
Kevin Maher grew up in Ireland, and gained a Masters degree in Film Studies from University College Dublin in 1994. He moved to London and began writing for The Guardian, The Indpendent and Time Out before becoming the film editor of The Face magazine. He joined The Times in 2002 as a feature writer, a critic and eventual columnist. He is currently the paper’s Chief Film Critic. He has also written two novels, The Fields and Last Night on Earth. 

 

 Synopsis

Still living under the same roof, the Moscow couple of Boris and Zhenya is in the terrible final stages of a bitter divorce. Under those circumstances, as both have already found new partners, the insults pour down like rain in this toxic familial battle zone, always pivoting around the irresolvable and urgent matter of Alyosha’s custody, their 12-year-old only son. Unheard, unloved, and above all, unwanted, the introverted and unhappy boy feels that he is an intolerable burden, however, what his parents don’t know is that he can hear every single word. As a result, when Boris and Zhenya finally realize that Alyosha has been missing for nearly two days, it is already too late. But is this a simple case of a runaway teenager?

Academy Awards: Nominated – Best Foreign Language Film
Golden Globes: Nominated – Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language
BAFTA – Nominated – Best Film Not in the English Language- 
Cannes Film Festival: Winner – 
Jury Prize Nominated – Palme D’Or Prize

Critics Views

“Andrei Zvyagintsev’s Loveless is a stark, mysterious and terrifying story of spiritual catastrophe: a drama with the ostensible form of a procedural crime thriller. It has a hypnotic intensity and unbearable ambiguity which is maintained until the very end.” The Guardian

“The script, co-written by Zvyagintsev and his regular collaborator Oleg Negin, scrupulously extends to each of its characters the dignity of complexity, and both excellent leads repay the favour tenfold, investing what could have easily been petit-bourgeois caricatures – the preening shrew, the oafish office drone – with riveting sincerity and nuance.” The Telegraph

“When the film concludes, you may find yourself wanting to watch it again to fully absorb the journey Zvyagintsev took you on. And because Loveless is so accomplished, the repeat viewing promises to be deeply rewarding.” The Paste

“With his devastating, finely layered new drama Loveless (Nelyubov), Russian director Andrey Zvyagintsev once again demonstrates his remarkable gift for creating perfectly formed dramatic microcosms that illustrate the bred-in-the-bone pathologies of Russian society.” Hollywood Reporter

Film Rating

IMDb
 Critics 87% Audience 78%

Rotten Tomatoes
Top Critics positive review 94%  Top Critics average rating score 82% Audience liked it 86%

Stockbridge Audience: 86%

No. of responses:-
Excellent 36
Good 22
Average 7
Poor 0
Very Poor 0

Date: Friday 15 June 2018

Time: 7.30pm

Length: 2hrs 4mins

Language: Russian (English Subtitles)

Genre: Drama

Director: Andrey Zvyagintsev

Writers: Oleg Negin, Andrey Zvyagintsev

Starring: Yanina Hope, Maryana Spivak, Alexei Rozin, Varvara Shmykova, Matvey Novikov, Daria Pisareva

Rating: 15
Strong language, sex, nudity

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