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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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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 ...
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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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When the scene where the mayor visits Nikolay's house and confronts Nikolay and Dmitry was being filmed, Aleksey Serebryakov, who played Nikolay, was so drunk that he became sick and had to leave the scene. Roman Madyanov, who played the drunken mayor, was actually the only one who was sober and he ended up doing much of the scene alone without anyone to act against. 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
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"Can you draw out Leviathan with a fishhook or press down his tongue with a cord?"
22 July 2014 | by (Auckland, New Zealand) – See all my reviews

I must say I was very excited to see this movie in the international film festival hosted here in Auckland.

Set in corrupt small northern Russian town, that could very much be any other town, or even country, in the world, Leviafan explores the confrontation of a man against the mayor. The last wants to kick him out of his house for his own benefit.

Superb photography, superb acting, spine chilling music, solid plot and dark humor touches make Leviafan a truly rewarding experience. One of the best movies I have seen in some time. Do not let the duration discourage you, hours fly. When you glance at your watch for the first time the movie will be over.

Be ready to pity, hate and love the characters. Laugh, feel anguish and rage and enjoy this emotional roller-coaster.


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