TIFF 2017 Movie Review: LOVELESS (Russia/France/Germany/Belgium 2017) ****

Movie Reviews of films that will be playing at TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival) in 2017. Go to TIFF 2017 Movie Reviews and read reviews of films showing at the festival.

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

Director: Andrey Zvyagintsev
Writers: Oleg Negin, Andrey Zvyagintsev
Stars: Maryana Spivak, Aleksey Rozin, Yanina Hope

Review by Gilbert Seah

Russian director Andrey Zvyagintsev’s latest film of a boy gone missing, is one that appears simple on the surface but is in reality an extremely powerful film on the tragedy that emerges from the result of a lovelessness. When the film begins, Boris and Zhenya are in the midst of a nasty divorce.

They still live together which makes matters worse. In one of their fights, they argue that their 12-year old boy, Alyosh was a mistake. Neither one wants custody of the boy and the father remarks that he best be sent to boarding school, in preparation for the army afterwards.

She says she never wanted him in the first place. The boy, meanwhile, in the film’s most moving scene is shown crying his eyes out, after hearing what has been said by his parents. He is clearly, in his opinion unloved. He disappears. Boris and Zhenya are forced to come together to search for their missing son.

One can only wonder where their love (if ever they had any) had gone. Zvyagintsev explains in one scene that this love never existed in the first place. Meanwhile Zhenya has another man while Boris another woman. They do not find the boy but life must go on.

LOVELESS is a powerful film that instead of showing the power of love, shows the opposite, how life cannot survive with love.

A terrific movie that won the Jury Prize at Cannes!

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mLegoO4NdD8