A failed marriage and its loveless roots lead to the disappearance of the 12-year-old boy Alyosha in this new masterpiece by Andrei Zvyagintsev (Elena, Leviathan) – a drama that seeks to unsettle through its stark horror. The film is set in modern Russia, where people are at the mercy of implacable pressures, whether the conservatism of social norms or a demand for status and a comfortable apartment. It is against this backdrop that we meet the shy and unhappy Alyosha – the product of a collapsed relationship. Breathtaking, metaphysical and morally evocative, this is not to be missed.
- Newlyn Filmhouse
Russia 2017 127m subtitles