“All happy families are happy alike, all unhappy families are unhappy in their own way.” These words of Leo Tolstoy, you can apply to the new film by Andrey Zvyagintsev. “Dislike” is not a story of separation, as one presenter, but first: the story just bring people in a difficult situation, the truth is people others. Second: remember the “Pit” Platonov. Those who have read will understand why. The film can be divided into two parts: before and after the disappearance of Alesha. The first part is kind of saying. The tale begins then. Third: “Dislike” is not domestic drama, and an existential drama about the essence of selfishness. About how someone’s selfish interests lead to the suffering of those who need care.
In the film there are references to Tarkovsky. Remember the tree in the first place. But beyond that, it’s a reference to the tree of life and tree of knowledge of good and evil. Thus, the key question of the film is the question of whether we tend to distinguish one from the other? Or all of our actions are aimed at satisfying his own favor? It is possible to speak of religious texts, philosophers, but not reckless attitude to everything that surrounds us, to the things that we really important. Unfortunately, there is a lot we take for granted. The heroes of this picture, unfortunately perceive their child as some kind of unnecessary thing. Dislike permeated every frame of the tape. The relationship of each character, except for search volunteers laced with indifference and cold hatred.
As already noted, “Dislike” is essentially a sequel to “Elena”. Irresponsibility and the desire to live happily, worrying about his belly, breeds tragedy. Notice that the news Kiselev and the news on the radio is kind of the background against which the events develop in the film.
This film reminds films of Lars von Trier. Not much meaning, how much gloom, which shrouded each frame of the film. I note once again the excellent cinematography of Michael Krichman.
“Dislike” will cause in society a lot of controversy. But this film is about us, about the reflection of our complex reality and the belief that all is not lost.
8 out of 10