About Love
Title: About Love
Original title: O lyubvi
Release year: 2017
Country: Russia
Director: Vladimir Bortko
Stars: Anya Chipovskaya, Dmitriy Pevtsov, Aleksey Chadov
Rating: 3/5

‘All happy families are happy alike, each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.’ L. N. Tolstoy

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A Love Torn Apart: A Look at About Love

2024-03-30

“About Love” explores the complexities of love and desire within a seemingly ordinary marriage. Anya Chipovskaya delivers a captivating performance as Nina, a woman yearning for a passionate love that mirrors the fairy tales of her youth. However, her reality is far from a romantic dream. Married to the successful but emotionally distant Boris (Dmitriy Pevtsov), Nina finds herself drawn to the alluring yet dangerous Igor (Aleksey Chadov).

The film takes inspiration from Leo Tolstoy’s famous quote, “All happy families are happy alike, each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” Director Vladimir Bortko masterfully portrays the unique unhappiness that plagues Nina and Boris’ marriage. Their discontent stems from a lack of emotional connection, leaving them vulnerable to the temptations offered by external forces.

While the plot delves into themes of love, betrayal, and the pursuit of happiness, it also weaves in elements of drama, romance, and thriller. This combination keeps the viewer engaged, unsure of where the story will take them next.

However, the film’s pacing can feel slow at times, and the ending may leave some viewers wanting more resolution. Overall, “About Love” is a thought-provoking exploration of marital struggles and the yearning for a love that fulfills one’s deepest desires.

**Score:** 3 out of 5 stars

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AKA: About Love,Aşk Hakkında,O - Sexuelles Verlangen,O lyubvi,O miłości,Par mīlestību,О любви,不倫の果て,烈愛交易
Aleksandr Lykov,Aleksey Chadov,Aleksey Pobegay,Andrei Abramov,Andrey Nornov,Anjela Karpova,Anya Chipovskaya,Boris Birman,Daniil Rozhkov,Dmitriy Pevtsov,Dmitriy Pilichev,Ernst Romanov,Evgeniy Savelyev,Ivan Ivanochko,Klavdiya Belova,Li Yuytan,Marat Khaybullin,Mariya Mironova,Mihail Balashov,Natalia Snegova,Natalya Shirshova,Nikita Barsukov,Nikolay Semakov,Olga Mayorova,Olga Pavlyukova,Olga Yakovleva,Pavel Bogomolov,Pyotr Zhuravlyov,Sergei Nozdrin,Stanislav Cheprakov,Viktoriya Shihanova,Vladimir Dyomin,Yekaterina Vasilkova,Yuriy Kovalyov
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