Dir: Andrey Zvyagintsev
Cast: Maryana Spivak, Vladimir Vdovichenkov, Aleksey Rozin
127mins   2018   Russian   15   Russia    Subtitled   

Still living under the same roof, Moscow couple Boris and Zhenya are in the final stages of a bitter divorce. Both have already found new partners and insults pour down like rain in this toxic familial battle zone, pivoting around the irresolvable and urgent matter of the custody of their 12-year-old only son, Alyosha. Unheard, unloved, and above all, unwanted, the introverted and unhappy boy feels that he is an intolerable burden. But what his parents don't know is that he can hear every single word. When Boris and Zhenya finally realise that Alyosha has been missing for nearly two days, it is already too late. But is this a simple case of a runaway teenager?

'Yet another giant piece of filmmaking from this fascinating director.' - Jo-Anne Titmarsh, HeyUGuys

"It’s profoundly uncomfortable viewing: mournful, monstrous and weirdly mesmerising.' - Mark Kermode, The Guardian