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Grigori Chukhrai’s ‘Ballad of a Soldier’: A Simple, Bittersweet Tale on the Irreparable Costs of War

By Arun Kumar
Grigori Chukhrai and his cinematographers Vladimir Nikolayev, Era Savelyeva are triumphant in concealing the overly melodramatic dimensions of the story with a gentle lyrical quality. At times, the lyricism escalates the painful emotional quotient: for example, the surrealistic sequence after Alyosha parts from Shura.

Andrey Zvyagintsev’s ‘Loveless’: A scathing examination of modern relationships

By Murtaza Ali Khan
Loveless presents a scathing examination of modern relationships. The film is brilliantly shot by Zvyagintsev’s long-time collaborator Mikhail Krichman. Loveless mourns the general lack of love and compassion in the hearts of human beings, inhabiting a world that’s driven by materialism.