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Andréi Zvyagintsev's films investigate the emotional depth of his characters within a certain socio-family context that, in turn, can be presented as a metaphor for broader human behavior. [Full review in Spanish]
Being the blunt object that it is, Loveless injects scathing critiques of Putin-era bureaucracy and rampant fundamentalism in both the workplace and homestead... There are few bitterer pills one can imagine swallowing.
Eventually, as in L'Avventura (1960), the quest will come to an end, and a prickly normality will resume. For while Alexey may be the film's absent focus, this is also a slow-motion portrait of two people lost in their lives and longing for change...
Given the current political climate, the story has undeniable resonance on this hemisphere too. Indeed, this is one of the rare foreign-language films wherein an American remake would be wholly justified.
A masterpiece, a brutal, uncompromising, 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.
Something vital, his films intimates, has been lost in Russia, and perhaps not only in Russia - some warmth of the soul, a sense of civic accountability. As with the child, no one even noticed it slipping away.
Sometimes [Andrey Zvyagintsev] can fall into the didactic, his symbolism and criticisms too obvious, but at his best (thankfully most of the film) the director applies an admirable subtly. [Full Review in Spanish]
It's the kind of premise that - in the hands of a more sentimental director - might deliver a glimmer of reconciliation between the two, but Zvyagintsev is not a filmmaker interested in letting his characters off the hook.