Monday MARCH 19 @ 5:15 & 7:30
Still living under the same roof, the Moscow couple, Boris and Zhenya, are in the terrible final stages of a bitter divorce. Both have found new partners and insults pour down like rain in this toxic domestic battle zone, always pivoting around the irresolvable but urgent matter of their 12-year-old son Alyosha's custody. Unheard, unloved, and above all, unwanted, the introverted and unhappy boy feels he's an intolerable burden. Then he goes missing. But is this a simple case of a runaway teenager?
What the reviews say:
At Cannes, The Toronto Star's Peter Howell praised it as "masterfully bleak", and endorsed it for the Palme d'Or, and said it was also leading in the critics' polls. On Rogerebert.com, Ben Kenigsberg predicted it would win the Palme d'Or, calling it "austere and beautiful, leisurely yet compelling". For Variety, Owen Gleiberman assessed it as "compelling and forbidding" and "an ominous, reverberating look" at "the crisis of empathy at the culture’s core" in contemporary Russian society, rather than in its politics. Peter Bradshaw gave it five stars in The Guardian, praising it as a "stark, mysterious and terrifying story". The Hollywood Reporter's Leslie Felperin praised its intensity, avoiding a heavy-handed approach to many issues, including lack of social bond within a more technological society, and how damaging relationships are passed down through family histories. In The Daily Telegraph, Robbie Collin awarded it five stars, hailing it as "pristine and merciless" and compared the ominous prologue to the 1973 Don't Look Now. Eric Kohn gave it three stars in IndieWire, claiming it fell short of Leviathan. On Vulture.com, Emily Yoshida called it "dour" with unlikable characters, and a lack of focus to make a coherent point, and said the positive was that it inspired gratitude in viewers who did not live under Russian President Vladimir Putin's regime.