Leviathan

Genre:  Drama
Running Time:  140 min.
Release Date: January 23, 2015 - Toronto - January 23, 2015 - Toronto
January 30 - Vancouver
February 6 - Montreal

DVD: May 19, 2015

Current rating: Rating: 4.33
based on 14 votes and 5 reviews
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Cast: Roman Madyanov, Kristina Pakarina, Anna Ukolova, Elena Lyadova, Vladimir Vdovichenkov, Aleksey Serebryanakov

Synopsis

Kolia (Alexey Serebryakov) lives in a small fishing town near the sea in Russia. He built his home with his own two hands and he enjoys the beautiful view. His auto-repair shop is right next door to his home, where he lives with his wife Lilya (Elena Liadova) and his son Roma (Sergey Pokhodaev) from a previous marriage.

When the town's corrupt mayor Vadim Shelevyat decides he wants Kolia's land for development, he tries at first to buy him out. Kolia refuses to give in, and the mayor becomes more aggressive, but Kolia won't give in without a fight.

Director: Andrey Zvyagintsev
Studio: Mongrel Media
Producer(s): Aleksandr Rodnyanskiy, Sergey Melkumov
Screenplay: Oleg Negin, Andrey Zvyagintsev

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  • 5 stars "Very though, dark movie... If you are interested in the real life in todays Russia,- this is the one. It is about betrayal and falsehood, it is about brutality and bureaucracy of the authorities' , about the culture and traditions of vodka drinkers . The language is full of ribaldry, - this is the lower level of conversations and communications you can imagine. The life that is portrayed in the movie is not an exception, this is a common case in todays Russia. A great movie, very well done ."
  • 5 stars "Great movie!"
  • 5 stars "Leviathan is perhaps the most poignant at modern Russian life seen in film today. The film has more than one conflict, but it begins with that of Kolya, a hothead landowner, and corrupt mayor Vadim who's trying to take this property away from him. The film criticizes Russian culture, but more importantly the corruption in the bureaucratic society. A must see."