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Leviathan (2014)

Leviafan (original title)
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In a Russian coastal town, Kolya is forced to fight the corrupt mayor when he is told that his house will be demolished. He recruits a lawyer friend to help, but the man's arrival brings further misfortune for Kolya and his family.

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Mer
Anna Ukolova ...
Anzhela
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Pasha
Sergey Pokhodaev ...
Romka
Platon Kamenev ...
Vitya
Sergey Bachurskiy ...
Stepanych
Valeriy Grishko ...
Arkhierey
Alla Emintseva ...
Sudya
Margarita Shubina ...
Prokuror
Dmitriy Bykovskiy-Romashov ...
Nachalnik politsii (as Dmitriy Bykovskiy)
Sergey Borisov ...
Operativnik
Igor Savochkin ...
Sledovatel
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On the outskirts of a small coastal town in the Barents Sea, where whales sometimes come to its bay, lives an ordinary family: Kolya (Aleksey Serebryakov), his wife Lilya (Elena Lyadova) and their teenage son Romka. The family is haunted by a local corrupted mayor (Roman Madyanov), who is trying to take away the land, a house and a small auto repair shop from Kolya. To save their homes Kolya calls his old Army friend in Moscow (Vladimir Vdovichenkov), who has now become an authoritative attorney. Together they decide to fight back and collect dirt on the mayor. Written by iggy

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Rated R for language and some sexuality/graphic nudity | See all certifications »

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5 February 2015 (Russia)  »

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The film was inspired by the story of Marvin Heemeyer from Granby, Colorado, a welder who owned an automobile muffler repair shop and had a conflict with the town authorities that allowed the construction of a cement manufacturing plant next to his shop in 2001. After his appeals over the decision failed, an outraged Heemeyer used his bulldozer in 2004 to demolish a number of Granby buildings, including the Town Hall. Director Andrey Zvyagintsev heard the story from his translator in 2008 while filming his segment of New York, I Love You (2008) (the segment was later released as Apocrypha (2009)). See more »

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The Mayor: Kolya, you should know what your authority looks like.
Kolya: And what do you want, "authority"?
The Mayor: Just all of this.
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References The Return (2003) See more »

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Akhnaten -Act 1 - Prelude: Refrain, Verse 1, Verse 2
Written by Philip Glass
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Filmography at its highest peak...
12 January 2015 | by (Athens, Greece) – See all my reviews

From the very beginning up to very end you can feel the tension and the emotions up to a pure exaggeration! This is not at all something negative! The photography is absolutely enchanting and offers to the viewer that beautiful heartbeat that in a such a film is essential. Amazing, unforgettable landscapes!

You cannot resist in taking sides when you see and understand the heroes battling with their demons and their enemies, that seem to be surrounding everything that makes their lives...

Andrey Zvyagintsev after the wonders of drama, passion and mystic lyricism (Vozvrashchenie and Izgnanie) offers yet another one similar of his creations, adding though, a "spicy" allow me to say subject, a taboo, about corruption in modern day Russia and how all those things which are considered as high values to the Russian State and people, seem to be part in this injustice, destroying peoples' lives.


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