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Nelyubov (2017)

Drama | 127 minutes
3,62 441 votes

Genre: Drama

Duration: 127 minuten

Alternative titles: Loveless / Faute d'Amour / Нелюбовь

Country: Russia / France / Germany / Belgium / United States

Directed by: Andrey Zvyagintsev

Stars: Aleksey Rozin, Maryana Spivak and Matvey Novikov

IMDb score: 7,6 (35.632)

Releasedate: 1 June 2017

Nelyubov plot

"A Missing Child. A Marriage Destroyed. A Country In Crisis."

Boris and Zhenya are in a divorce. They are constantly arguing and are constantly getting visitors who want to buy their apartment. They are both preparing for a new future: Boris with a young pregnant woman and Zhenya with a man who seems to want to marry her... Neither is interested in Alyosha, their twelve-year-old son. Until he disappears.

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avatar van IH88


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Impressive. Nelyubov shows that some people should not have children together, and the coldness and harshness towards Alyosha at the beginning is heartbreaking. But Nelyubov is not only about the parents, but also about the detachment and individualism in the whole society. This is not a Russia story, but a story about the world we live in now.

See the way both parents go to work (the elevator and subway scene), the young women who would rather take pictures of each other and their food than talk to each other, divorcing parents who can't sit in a car for even a minute, a woman who thinks more about herself than her husband's missing son, the man who would rather put his son in the box than play with him, etc. Unfortunately, this happens everywhere. Zvyagintsev's direction is phenomenal, and he sometimes lets scenes run for a long time and the camera work is calm. A brilliant cinematography and the gray Russian weather conditions do the rest. Spivak and Rozin are great, and the scene in the morgue is breathtaking and rock hard. Are they kidding themselves? Maybe, but it's strong that Zvyagintsev doesn't give a ready-made answer to this.

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avatar van coumi


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Another great film from this talented director. A crawl under the skin production, very soberly but beautifully filmed this ominous, gray story. A good movie always has a few moments that stay with you forever, and this Nelyubov has these: the little boy whining soundlessly, the apparently emotionless mother who finally has a fit of rage at the end.. .. as horrifying as it is bizarrely beautiful. A slightly depressing film about people who have lost contact with the real world (note how often people are looking at their cell phones while the most terrible things are happening around them), it has not been portrayed so poignantly. Strong art-house film, perhaps a little less or less grotesque in terms of quality than the very good previous film (Leviafan) I've seen by this director, but this is definitely also a must see.

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El ralpho

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Good movie, and different from what I expected. I expected Alyosha to get more screen time, while the focus is really on the broken relationship between his parents. Parallel to this ran their new relationships, with which they try to get their lives back on track. Although Alyosha's disappearance is of course a crucial part of the story, it is not shown how he went missing and whether or not he was killed. In my opinion, the ending clearly leaves this to the viewer's own interpretation because the mutilated corpse found could not by definition not be their son. As has been suggested, parental denial may also have played a role.

This was my first experience with Andrey Zvyagintsev's work and it was a pleasant one. Although you as a viewer are left with a feeling of sadness about how the situation might have turned out differently if the missing child had grown up in a warm family, it continued to gnaw at me. In addition, the cold, chilly shots that symbolize the coldness between the parents also come in. Also, the acting of all the actors is very natural and realistic, which also contributes to the impact the story had on me as a viewer. In addition, there also seemed to be a crystal clear message hidden in the film: cherish what you are supposed to love.

Finally, one last remark: know that this Russian drama is a slow burner that you should sit down for a while. The film contains many long and slow shots, making Loveless not for everyone. This is not a fast paced thriller, but a painfully realistic portrait of two people who have grown apart.


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