Leviathan

Leviathan

DVD - 2015 | Russian
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Nikolay is in danger of losing his home. His pleas to the corrupt mayor of this small Russian village fall on deaf ears. The police and the church are all on the mayor's side. Even his wife ends up betraying him. Desperate, he turns to an old friend he served with in the army. But this friend brings even more trouble into Nikolay's life. Will he be able to overcome all these obstacles and save his home?
Publisher: Culver City, California :, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment,, [2015]
Copyright Date: ©2015
Branch Call Number: DVD FIC LEV
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (141 minutes) :,sound, colour ;,4 3/4 inches
video file, DVD video, region 1, rda
digital, optical, surround, Dolby Digital 5.1, rda

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It's not a comfort to know that Russian society is as lost and corrupted as our own, but what elevates the bleakness of this film is the breadth of its vision. What filmmaker Zvyagintsev gives us here is a magisterially misanthropic view of human endeavor. One might call it nihilistic except that Zvyagintsev obviously believes in nature. It's just that not even the sublimity of nature stands a chance against man's duplicity. So we should chalk up LEVIATHAN as yet another dystopia. All we seem to be able to manage are dystopias.

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roblynne212
Jan 05, 2018

Well acted, beautiful scenery, sad but realistic story - the little guy usually doesn't win, life can be messy & painful, etc.

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gordengibson
Nov 04, 2017

I would not recommend this movie. Much of the lighting in the movie was lacking. Even with my blinds closed, I had trouble seeing the actors at times. The ending was about as worse as it can get. All though the movie I was expecting some kind of improvement, but it never happened. I guess if you want to be depressed, watch it, but beware of this movie if you want a happy ending.

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TheeAvebury
Oct 30, 2017

A fiercely dark, but amazingly entertaining film. Visibly stunning throughout, it addresses the fears, hopes and fate of people in a remote Russian village and the interplay of corrupting power, genuine evil and the devastating impact of the interplay of state, church, and society on individuals and families.

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pancine
Jun 08, 2017

Bleak film with solid acting and stunning cinematography. A dose of reality.

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Calvacade
Apr 04, 2017

It's a good film about the rot setting in, in a small town- Vancouverites should be able to see the parallels with their own town quite easily.

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breemu
Mar 12, 2017

Heartbreaking story of high-ranking corruption and "the little guy" trying to fight it.

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Triple_X_Rex
Jan 23, 2017

Terrible.

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empbee
Nov 03, 2016

Good movie about corruption in the new Russia. Interesting scenery of the Northern seaside.

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tequila2010
Sep 05, 2016

I found it so slow moving I couldn't get into it. I ended up not watching the whole thing.

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multcolib_russian Aug 03, 2015

multcolib_russian thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over

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multcolib_russian Aug 03, 2015

В центре истории — живущий на севере Николай, который вместе с отцом построил дом и мастерскую. Но его нормальная жизнь рушится под влиянием судьбы.

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jimg2000
Aug 18, 2015

Vasiliy (priest) to Kolya: "Can you pull in Leviathan with a fishhook or tie down its tongue with a rope? Will it keep begging you for mercy? Will it speak to you with gentle words? Nothing on earth is its equal. It is king over all that are proud."
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Dad... Will you ever stop drinking?
-I will. I'm quitting tomorrow.
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Where there's power, there's might. If you hold power in your territory, solve your issues yourself, with your might. Don't go looking for help, or the enemy will think you are weak.
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A cannon can't bring that prick down!
-No need for cannons. We'll just gently tug him by the balls.
I don't believe in that approach. We've got to crush him. With a sledgehammer!
- No. Only a subtle approach works with his kind. This here is our leverage. Facts.

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