DVD - 2020 | Russian
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A couple going through a divorce must team up to find their son who has disappeared during one of their bitter arguments.
Publisher: Culver City, California :, Sony Pictures Classics,, [2020]
Edition: DVD edition
Description: 1 videodisc (approximately 127 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
Copyright Date: ©2020
Branch Call Number: DVD Love RUS


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Feb 14, 2021

Besides being a film of a hopelessly disintegrating loveless family as described perfectly by Nursebob, it is also a good social drama with a blueprint to find missing children which is a worldwide problem, in rich or poor countries.

Personally, find Zvyagintsev's 2014 "Leviathan" a better Soviet film:

Nov 23, 2020

Finally an original storyline. Shockingly different.

Oct 24, 2020

Everyone is crying out for love yet no one is able to give it let alone recognize it in Andrey Zvyagintsev’s latest attack on Mother Russia’s cold beating heart. While waiting for their divorce papers Zhenya and Boris pass the time sticking knives into each other with sadistic zeal. Immune to each other’s tirade of insults and abuse yet hardly stopping to take a breath between bouts anyway, their animosity does find an easy target in twelve-year old Alexey, the inconvenient son who doesn’t quite fit into their future plans. It comes as no surprise then that two days manage to pass before either one of them notice that Alexey has gone missing and by the time a search party is organized the trail has grown dangerously faint… The search for a lost innocent—whose lifespan roughly coincides with Putin’s reign—is an apt metaphor on which Zvyagintsey builds his case. In his bleak vision of Russian society the media is filled with stories of war and corruption that no one listens to, the authorities couldn’t care less, and even the road to grandmother’s house is barred and gated. Empathy has been replaced by a selfish hunger—for love, for stability, for validation—and as the first blast of winter descends upon the city Zvyagintsev hints at a chill that goes straight to the soul.

Jan 19, 2020

Like the people in "Elena", the two protagonists are totally self-centered - almost excessively so. They also exhibit the same type of fecklessness shown in "Elena" - everything 'sort of happens' and nobody takes much responsibility for their actions.

May 23, 2019

Wow! Very sad movie. If you ever feeling not ready to have children..DONT force yourself to have children. If your ready to have children, remember it comes with responsibilities. Children need love, attentions, communicate encourage, and learning from you parents.

Feb 13, 2019

Boring and utterly pointless movie. I was barely in 10 mins and I wanted to switch it off. I did manage to at 30 mins. Rubbish.

Jan 05, 2019

Fantastic movie! The actors were incredibly amazing. It was time well spent for me. A good way of reflecting on our society. There are consequences for the decisions we make, good or bad ... only if we could see the future. I simple or complex decision could impact the course of the rest of lives. How can one be sure that one has made the best one?

Nov 26, 2018

A bit hard to watch. As it says, "loveless".

Oct 24, 2018

The boys mother had no motherly instinct to put her kid first. The father did but not much more.


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Feb 14, 2021

A loveless family and a loveless nation:

Alexey Sleptsov, born in 2000. On October 10, 2012, he left home, walking down Svetlogorsk
Destroyed armored vehicles are everywhere. The city is still under fire. Shots can be heard just 100 meters away. Kiev won't reveal the numbers of casualties in the armed forces. The DPR reports that over 100 Ukrainian soldiers have been killed. ... Thousands dead. Tens of thousands wounded. Countless refugees. Living conditions in these cities and villages are horrific. Ukraine has fallen apart and continues to do so. The Ukrainian army is disorganized,
deceived and demoralized. The government in Kiev is run by foreigners... or those who put the interests of the West before those of Ukraine.

Feb 14, 2021

If you really want someone to look for him, go online... and contact the Search and Rescue Team. Call them, and they'll tell you what info they need. They're volunteers. It's not a state service. They work 24 hours, for free, with no bureaucracy. They have well-developed and highly effective methods.
I'll tell you our plan, to give you an overview. I'll ask you questions about your son... while others will interview neighbors and possible witnesses... at any locations he may have been.
So... depending on what info we get, we'll focus on particular sites. You and I will go to the police station. The detective there promised to get us CCTV footage. That's vital, and may be a huge help. Also, it'll be dark soon. The boy needs a place to sleep. It's cold out. We'll search for him in apartment buildings. Hopefully, we'll get access codes from the detective.
No, he has no hobbies and doesn't play sports. I think he just sits at home.
-You "think"? I see.

Feb 14, 2021

That Stalin-in-a-skirt could do anything.
Any close relatives to whom he may have gone: Grandparents, uncles, aunts, cousins?
Mom: There's only my mother, who lives near Moscow.
Dad: I doubt the squirt would go there.
"The squirt"?
He only has one friend: Kuznetsov, I think.
-Again, you "think"?
She warned me to ditch you, abort the kid and not be an idiot. And I listened to you instead. "It's okay. We're together."
It all seemed fine. We were together. But I didn't want it. I was so scared. Scared of getting an abortion, and scared of keeping it. I really didn't want that child. I thought I'd die giving birth.
They had to resuscitate me. Later, when they brought him to me... I was barely able to look at him. I was repulsed. I wasn't even producing milk. But things gradually settled. A kind of normal life began. A kind of... Lovelessness.

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