What happens when Andrey Zvyagintsev makes a political film with a female lead? A disappointing monstrosity that could’ve been a masterpiece with forty-percent discarded.
Loveless tells the story of Russian parents going through a divorce, and the search for their lost son. As a mystery-thriller, it’s good. The stark settings allow for a sense of urgency in a beautifully disturbed desolation. As a love-ology, it’s bad, living up to its title – love is nonexistent. In moderation, that would work, but the message is so heavy-handed that it borders on cartoonish. And therein lies the ugly: Zvyagintsev has decided to take this opportunity to let everyone know how awful women are. Loveless starts with a villainous mother and goes through a variety of evil feminine stereotypes.
There is a great, if unsatisfying, mystery-thriller hidden here. Unfortunately, it is too bogged down in the regressive politics.
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