Loveless new york times review

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loveless new york times review

Justified / Its All About That Cowboy by Jay Crownover

The New York Times bestselling author of the Marked Men series delivers a romance about a rugged Texas sheriff who must protect the woman who was once his sworn enemy...

Case Lawton comes from a family of criminals. So as the sheriff of Loveless, Texas, hes determined to do everything by the book--until hes called to Aspen Barlows office after a so-called break-in. The last thing he wants to do is help the woman who cost him custody of his son. But Aspen isnt the heartless lawyer Case remembers, and he starts to question his long-held grudge...

Aspen is scared for her life, and Case is her last hope for protection. But to get him on her side, shell have to reveal the painful truth from all those years ago. Now, as they work together to track down a dangerous criminal, Case and Aspen learn to trust each other. And as the threats escalate, it becomes clear theres a thin line between love and hate... because theres nothing Case wouldnt do to keep her safe.

Includes Its All About That Cowboy, a bonus novella by Carly Bloom!
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In Cannes with his third Palme d'Or nominee, 'Loveless,' director Andrey Zvyaginstev explains why he

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Loveless review – a lost boy in a toxic world

Please refresh the page and retry. The opening scene of this best foreign-language Oscar and Bafta nominee is a forest somewhere in the environs of Saint Petersburg: bare and twisted trees claw at the banks of a tar-black river, while snow descends like dust. Onto this fairy-tale backdrop wanders a child: this is year-old Alyosha Matvey Novikov , who leaves school with a gentle smile on his face, and wrapped in a thick red coat. Not far off, mind. Where is he in all of this? Where indeed. There is a mesmeric, breath-catching horror in watching them at work: a strung-out row of orange pin-pricks advance into a grey valley, like explorers on an alien planet.

It has a hypnotic intensity and unbearable ambiguity which is maintained until the very end. This is a story of modern Russia whose people are at the mercy of implacable forces, a loveless world like a planet without the full means to support human life, a place where the ordinary need for survival has mutated or upgraded into an unending aspirational demand for status, money, freedom to find an advantageous second marriage which brings a nice apartment, sex, luxury and the social media prerogative of selfies and self-affirmation. But all of it is underpinned, or overseen, by intensely conservative social norms of Christianity, conformism and nationalism. Loveless is initially the portrait of a failed marriage in its awful final stages. Boris Alexei Rozin is a burly, bearded man with a look of a young Fidel Castro who works in sales.

IT'S a terrible thing, being born too late. But their nostalgia expresses itself no more interestingly than through a lot of silly, lifeless posturing, plus the use of colors like chartreuse. This movie, a slavish homage to ''The Wild One,'' is full of peach and aqua luncheonette scenes, which give it some minuscule visual edge over the original. But otherwise, it's no improvement. Its evocation of tough- guy glamour is ridiculously stilted. And it regards the past with absolutely no perspective or wit.

This review originally ran during the Cannes Film Festival. Leviathan director Andrey Zvyagintsev has reunited with writer Oleg Negin for another dour look at his home country, this time revolving around the disappearance of the child of a deeply unhappy couple. Boris had an affair with a younger woman and got her pregnant, but it seems Zhenya was never terribly enthusiastic about the relationship to begin with — and besides, she has her own new lover, a wealthy bachelor.
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A couple in the throes of a messy separation are arguing bitterly about which of them will have to care for their young son, an onerous burden neither wishes to shoulder. As they argue, a door is pulled shut and the camera spies the child, unseen by his parents, standing in the shadows, a white vest accentuating his fragile frame, his face contorted in a silent scream of unloved anguish.

And oh, his gaze is pitiless. Set in Moscow in the autumn of , the picture sits on the screen with an almost physical weight, its heaviness as much to do with the bleakly beautiful visuals and painstaking pacing as the bitter divorce at its center. Boris and Zhenya Alexey Rozin and Maryana Spivak loathe each other, their vitriol pouring over their year-old son Matvey Novikov like lava. Sobbing silently out of sight, the boy listens to his parents argue over who will be saddled with the child that neither wants. Then he disappears. Initially, no one notices.

The differences between takes often proved undetectable to others, said the cinematographer, Mikhail Krichman — even to the core crew that has worked on all five of his films. It might be several leaves fluttering off a tree in the background, Mr. Krichman said, or the angle at which snowflakes struck a window. Krichman said of Mr. A wide array of Russians, especially politicians, consider Mr. Zvyagintsev different for other reasons. They have called him Judas, accusing him of enlisting in a disinformation campaign by painting Russia as a dirty, bleak, unsavory place inhabited solely by the unscrupulous and the amoral, often drunk.

Loveless is about a state of mind, a lament, an indictment of crimes against the human spirit. This is clear before humans even make their first appearance. Zvyagintsev opens with a winterscape of dead trees. Shots two through nine offer variations thereof. Two ducks drift by in shots ten and The next shot is a large building with an empty lot, over which a Russian flag flutters grimly.

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