D: Andrej Zvjagincev; Russia, France, Belgium , 2017; 127'
Through the metaphor of a failed marriage, award-winning Russian auteur Andrey Zvyagintsev meditates on the corruption of Russia, a country forgetting her own children.
Zhenya and Boris are going through a vicious divorce marked by resentment, frustration and recriminations. Already embarking on new lives, each with a new partner, they are impatient to start again, to turn the page - even if it means threatening to abandon their 12-year-old son Alyosha. Until, after witnessing one of their fights, Alyosha disappears…
"'I'll change; I won't repeat the mistakes that led me to this disillusionment; I will begin anew.' These are the thoughts of people who blame others for their fiascos. In the end, the only thing you can really change is yourself. Only then will the world around you glow once more; perhaps only a terrible loss can allow this to happen." (Andrey Zvyagintsev)