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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Anna Ukolova ...
Aleksey Rozin ...
Sergey Pokhodaev ...
Platon Kamenev ...
Sergey Bachurskiy ...
Valeriy Grishko ...
Alla Emintseva ...
Margarita Shubina ...
Dmitriy Bykovskiy-Romashov ...
Nachalnik politsii (as Dmitriy Bykovskiy)
Sergey Borisov ...
Igor Savochkin ...


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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Release Date:

5 February 2015 (Russia)  »

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2.35 : 1
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Director Andrey Zvyagintsev, who wanted to screen Marvin Heemeyer's story, intended to make the film in the US at first but then he read a novella called "Michael Kohlhaas" by German author Heinrich von Kleist, which was based on a 16th-century chronicle and had a similar plot. At that time, Zvyagintsev realized it was a "timeless" plot, close to the Book of Job, and decided the film should be made in Russia. The first draft of the script was ready in December 2010 and the final film is rather far from Heemeyer's story. See more »


[last lines]
The Mayor: This is our Lord, son. He sees everything.
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References The Return (2003) See more »


Akhnaten -Act 1 - Prelude: Refrain, Verse 1, Verse 2
Written by Philip Glass
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The dark microcosm that is Leviathan
2 February 2015 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

From the first five minutes, I was appealed to this movie more than 3/4 of what I've seen this year. It was dark, it was beautifully shot, and established its characters nicely. People complain it took too long for the characters to be established and that the story took too long to unfold. Haven't you heard of visual storytelling? As it plays out, you find out the dark shadows that follow each character and who they really are in the situation they're in. From the wife (most interesting character), to the step- son of the wife. The father is a dark character that is strained beyond limits, and the fantastic acting portrayed by the father is just one of the great performances done by all the actors and actresses. It fights the bond of love, land, and power. The corruption that still stands tall in Russia and its small towns that surround the leviathan that is the story. It unravels extremely slow, but thats what makes more of an impact. The over-thirty second shot of the woman in court explaining the case is so well done, you can really just see the effort put into each role in the film. If only American films could be so well thought out. For any person who has the near two and a half hour time to watch a superb film, sit down and immerse yourself into the gloomy world that inhabits these characters. It teaches you, it haunts you, it stays with you.

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