Fifth about The Seventh

Loveless (Nelyubov)

Loveless: while there is much to appreciate in Andrey Zvyagintsev’s drama, most of it belongs in the realm of the intellectual, not of the emotional. It’s a sad, cold story, entirely too believable; the main characters are at turns despicable, worthy of pity, emotionally distant. They are not, however, at any point, easy to connect or to care about. Acting is appropriately subdued: Maryana Spivak and Aleksey Rozin are fine in their unlikable roles. Cinematographer Mikhail Krichman (who is unafraid of working with low lights) finds many beautiful images of decrepitude and solitude (the allegorical references to present-day Russia are heavy-handed and abundant), and the slow editing of Anna Mass lets those shots linger, enhancing the intended miserable mood.

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