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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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Andrey Zvyagintsev
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 36 wins & 44 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Aleksey Serebryakov ... Nikolay
Elena Lyadova ... Lilya
Vladimir Vdovichenkov ... Dmitriy
Roman Madyanov ... Mer
Anna Ukolova Anna Ukolova ... Anzhela
Aleksey Rozin ... Pasha
Sergey Pokhodaev Sergey Pokhodaev ... Romka
Platon Kamenev Platon Kamenev ... Vitya
Sergey Bachurskiy ... Stepanych
Valeriy Grishko Valeriy Grishko ... Arkhierey
Alla Emintseva Alla Emintseva ... Sudya
Margarita Shubina Margarita Shubina ... Prokuror
Dmitriy Bykovskiy-Romashov ... Nachalnik politsii (as Dmitriy Bykovskiy)
Sergey Borisov Sergey Borisov ... Operativnik
Igor Savochkin Igor Savochkin ... Sledovatel
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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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Genres:

Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some sexuality/graphic nudity | See all certifications »

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Country:

Russia

Language:

Russian

Release Date:

5 February 2015 (Russia) See more »

Also Known As:

Leviathan See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,092,800

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,396,821
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. See more »

Quotes

Dmitriy Seleznyov: No-one is out of reach.
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References The Return (2003) See more »

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Akhnaten -Act 1 - Prelude: Refrain, Verse 1, Verse 2
Written by Philip Glass
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A cinematic bath in the sea of hopelessness
7 December 2014 | by spaceman88See all my reviews

"Leviathan" is a David and Goliath story set in a desolate Russian fishing-town.

We've seen it before- a man desperately tries to keep his property being taken away from rich greedy fat cats.

But this is also a strong family drama, a tale of friendship, betrayal, corruption, hope, hopelessness...

Impressive acting overall, the very slow paced narrative and almost no music besides two fitting Philip Glass pieces make this a movie to remember.

The cinematography also deserves a mention, there are countless wonderfully framed scenes.

Excellent slow burning drama.


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