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In the final frame of Andrey Zvyagintsev's "Loveless," a young woman on a treadmill is running toward the camera. As she accelerates, her face is averted, her expression diverted. Zhenya and Boris (Maryana Spivak, Aleksey Rozin) are a 30-something couple who, after a dozen years of marriage, so despise each other that being at home together drives them to fits of mad shouting.Though still entangled, both have sealed their break by taking lovers.Zhenya fumes at the prospect of raising her son any longer.The subject of Alexey's future is raised early in "Loveless," during a caustic late-night screaming match between Boris and Zhenya – one that the boy overhears in tearful silence.By the time "Loveless" runs its course, though, only the hypocritical and the sainted will find it impossible to empathize with their selfishness, and their pain.While bringing depth to the principal characters, the film's secondary figures – lovers, mothers, policemen, civilian volunteers – also lend documentary context to the proceedings, making "Loveless" something more than a melodrama about the collateral damage of marital collapse."Loveless" is screening exclusively at Metropolis Cinema-Sofil.
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