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.
Dima Nikitin is an ordinary honest plumber who suddenly decides to face the corrupt system of local politics in order to save the lives of 800 inhabitants of an old dormitory, which is about to collapse.
Georges and Anne are an octogenarian couple. They are cultivated, retired music teachers. Their daughter, also a musician, lives in Britain with her family. One day, Anne has a stroke, and the couple's bond of love is severely tested.
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
The film was criticized by the Russian Ministry of Culture - who had provided 35% of its funding - for its negative depiction of ordinary Russians. The Ministry took exception to its picture of Russians as being lazy and hard-drinking, hardly the type of image the country wanted to foster abroad. Despite this, the film was submitted as Russia's entry for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, and was rewarded with an Oscar nomination. See more »
"Dr.Zvyagintsev or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Made a Movie to Get an Oscar"
I am from Russia and I watched this movie just because it was nominated for a huge number of awards, including an Oscar and a Golden Globe. And besides, the film received a prize at the Cannes Film Festival for best screenplay can not be bad. Now about the movie itself. The film shows not so many aspects of modern Russian life, but the same can be said that almost all the things that are shown in the Leviathan are taking place in contemporary Russia. Russian really drink a lot, corruption in our country is at the peak of prosperity, priests really play only the role of those who tricked helps authorities to become only stronger. However, the film shows only the negative side of life in our country. That is why Western critics went crazy with it and the percentage of positive reviews is 99%. If not for the modern political state of affairs in the world of this film would not just discussing, there would be no nominations and positive reviews. The script of the film is uniform, the story is banal to the horror, the characters did not develop in the course of the narrative. The film is not bad acting and camera work, but Leviathan does not carry any artistic merit. In fact it is just a movie that shows Russia be what they want to see in the west ... In conclusion, I would have called the film Andrei Zvyagintsev's attempt to win the affection of audiences and critics on the west by the exaggeration of Russian reality. I'm also not trying to say that Leviathan is a bad movie, it's just the hype surrounding the movie is totally undeserved."Leviathan" - it is not clear, very broad and vague remarks against the Russian society, without any specifics and suggestions. Zvyagintsev - if scored schoolboy who carefully afar barking at his attackers and ran away, so as not to beat. No conclusions, no suggestions, no attempt to influence the society ulcers. sorry for my terrible English
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