About the film
From the gifted Russian director Andrei Zvyagintsev (Elena), this is an intense, drama wrapped into a crime thriller. Boris (Alexei Rozin) and Zhenya (Maryana Spivak) quarrel endlessly, united only in their mutual hatred of each other and their cold ambiguity towards their 12 year old son, Alyosha.
When the boy goes missing, his parents scramble, search, blame, and search some more.
Debuting at Cannes last summer (with an Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language Film in tow), Zvyagintsev has crafted a gripping portrait of modern Russia.
2018 Academy Award Nominee: Best Foreign Language Film
2018 Golden Globe Nominee: Best Foreign Language Film
WINNER: Best Film 2018 César Awards
WINNER: Jury Prize – 2017 Cannes International Film Festival
WINNER: Best Film - 2017 BFI London Film Festival
WINNER: Best Film - 2017 Munich Film Festival
WINNER: Best Cinematography, Best Composer, 2017 European Film Awards
“A masterpiece. An eerie thriller of hypnotic, mysterious intensity.”
Peter Bradshaw, THE GUARDIAN
“As cool and seductive as polished flint. An opaque but pitiless critique on the director’s native Russia at large. The script, co-written by Zvyagintsev and his regular collaborator Oleg Negin, scrupulously extends to each of its characters the dignity of complexity, and both excellent leads repay the favour tenfold, investing what could have easily been petit-bourgeois caricatures – the preening shrew, the oafish office drone – with riveting sincerity and nuance.”
Robbie Collin, THE TELEGRAPH
“Tensely gripping. Zvyagintsev manages to turn the story of one couple’s failings into a metaphor for all of Mother Russia, with her acquisitive aspiring capitalists, moralising church figures and rotten officialdom. The results are devastating.”
Stephanie Bunbury, THE AGE