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Leviathan (2014)

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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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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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$1,092,800 (USA)
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This is the first feature by Andrey Zvyagintsev where he cast full-fledged stars of Russian cinema (Aleksey Serebryakov, Vladimir Vdovichenkov, and Roman Madyanov. The actors of his previous films were less known. Konstantin Lavronenko and Ivan Dobronravov became famous after their roles in The Return (2003) and Andrey Smirnov from Elena (2011) is known as a director in the first place). Unlike his previous films, the actors read the script, and were "plunged" into the material, prior to the filming. 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 WALL·E (2008) See more »

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Akhnaten -Act 1 - Prelude: Refrain, Verse 1, Verse 2
Written by Philip Glass
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Desolation, Desperation, Vodka
14 January 2015 | by (Hungary) – See all my reviews

Leviathan takes a long, immersive look at the machinations of corrupted power in the lives of the powerless, who desperately struggle to stay the course, hoping against hope to win a losing battle.

A man and his family face off against a politically backed fat cat who wishes to buy the piece of land upon which stands their house, willing to destroy their family nest to raise a modern building in its stead. The grandiose, solemn music of Philip Glass (Akhnaten; Act I Prelude) opens and ends the movie, flanking it like a sturdy front and back cover a fine book from a Russian master's pen. Other than that, the movie is rather stark, musically and otherwise. It is remarkable how effective silent scenes can be. With little music and less sound effects, the film has your undivided attention, reaching emotional heights towards the end. The lack of a musical backdrop further enhances the gritty realism that imbues all the 140 minutes. Relationships between the characters evolve and change significantly over the span of the movie, and though the patterns are somewhat familiar, interpersonal developments are portrayed with commendable subtlety and brilliance. There is a lot of intelligence to the storytelling; much can be understood without words. We embark on a chilling journey into the land and home of ordinary, simple folks, who are kicking and screaming for justice under the suffocating oppression of ruthless power, also blighted by their own frailty.

Leviathan is an outstanding work of art that manages to drive home universally relevant points with sparkling clarity in its refreshingly honest way. A highly recommended piece.


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