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Has 2015 given us any more full-blooded a film than Leviathan? Even the best of the rest feel watery lined up beside the 70% proof sucker-punch of this. Andrei Zvyagintsev’s contemporary Russian epic is a one-stop shop for those in search of love, sex, adultery, an exploration of the role of the man in the state, of faith and freedom, institutional corruption and insidious patriotism. And a lot of vodka.
The story, given the whopping sources (The Book of Job, the work of Thomas Hobbes, etc) is actually quite a lean beast: Nikolay (Aleksei Serebryakov) lives with his second wife, Lilya (Elena Lyadova from Zvyagintsev’s Elena), and moody teenage son in a modest villa overlooking a lake. It was built by his ancestors,