Leviathan

Leviathan

DVD - 2015 | Russian
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Kolya lives in a small fishing town near the stunning Barents Sea in Northern Russia. He owns an auto-repair shop that stands right next to the house where he lives with his young wife Lilya and his son Roma. The town's corrupt mayor is determined to take away his business, his house, and his land.
Publisher: [Culver City, California] : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, [2015]
Branch Call Number: DVD FOREIGN Lev
Characteristics: video file,DVD video
digital,optical,surround,Dolby digital 5.1
1 videodisc (140 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in

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pancine
Jun 08, 2017

Bleak film with solid acting and stunning cinematography. A dose of reality.

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Calvacade
Apr 04, 2017

It's a good film about the rot setting in, in a small town- Vancouverites should be able to see the parallels with their own town quite easily.

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breemu
Mar 12, 2017

Heartbreaking story of high-ranking corruption and "the little guy" trying to fight it.

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CallMe_AKA
Jan 23, 2017

Terrible.

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empbee
Nov 03, 2016

Good movie about corruption in the new Russia. Interesting scenery of the Northern seaside.

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tequila2010
Sep 05, 2016

I found it so slow moving I couldn't get into it. I ended up not watching the whole thing.

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lukasevansherman
May 19, 2016

"At a time of ever-tightening censorship and repressive new laws, he has made a distinctly dissident film that's an open challenge to Putin's rule."-Anton Dolin, Film Comment
Yes, it is slow, bleak, and long, but what did you expect? This Oscar-nominated film from 2014 is maybe the most significant and powerful Russian film of recent years. Set in a small town, it re-enacts the Biblical story of Job, while also critiquing the corruption of Russian politics and the oppressiveness of the Putin regime and those, including the Church, who support him. It is grim, but rewarding and full of staggering imagery. An important film. "Can you pull in Leviathan with a fishhook or tie down its tongue with a rope?"-Job

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rbjacobs
Feb 14, 2016

A dramatic, bleak, beautifully shot, and rousingly poignant snapshot of blatant bureaucratic corruption in a small Russian town. It's easy to see it as just commentary on contemporary Russian governance but in the end you get the feeling that the film is pointing to something larger about the nature of bloated bureaucracies and government. The title itself is a reference to the classic treatise Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes. Highly Recommended.

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Loge99
Jan 25, 2016

The film has sharp cut-a-ways from one scene to another, frequently leaving it to viewer to imagine what transpired between scenes...leaves a vacuum in plot. The acting is of high quality in spite of the chopped plot. Story is very depressingly Russian. Hopelessness instead of hope. The last scene is a lecture/sermon by Orthodox priest on truth that is very didactic.

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garspo
Jan 25, 2016

Good movie. Watch it.

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multcolib_russian Aug 03, 2015

В центре истории — живущий на севере Николай, который вместе с отцом построил дом и мастерскую. Но его нормальная жизнь рушится под влиянием судьбы.

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jimg2000
Aug 18, 2015

Vasiliy (priest) to Kolya: Can you pull in Leviathan with a fishhook, or tie down its tongue with a rope? Will it keep begin for your mercy? Will it speak to you with gentle words? Nothing on Earth is its equal. It is king over all that are proud.

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