When Andrey Zvyagintsev’s Leviathan premiered in 2014, international critics applauded the film’s sobering and cynical depiction of Russian life under Vladimir Putin. Zvyagintsev earned the award for Best Screenplay at Cannes. Leviathan also became the first Russian film since 1969 to win a Golden Globe.
His newest film continues many of the same themes. Rooted in an equally cynical Russian literary tradition, of the likes of Tolstoy and Dostoevsky, Loveless hits Chicago area theaters today. The film centers on a 12-year-old boy, caught in the fray of a loveless and adulterous marriage. When he goes missing, the parents are more worried about protecting themselves, than anyone else. WBEZ film contributor and Facets Multimedia founding director Milos Stehlik joins Worldview to review this dark drama.