Where to watch:
Available on Amazon Prime with English Subtitles http://www.amazon.co.uk/Leviathan-Vladimir-Vdovichenkov/dp/B00RZWSQRU
In a coastal town in Russia, the fictional Pribrezhny, Kolya is forced to fight the corrupt mayor when his house is threatened with demolition. Offered a vastly undervalued sum for compensation, Kolya believes the mayor plans to build a villa for himself and enlists the help of his Moscow lawyer friend to help, but his arrival brings only more misfortune.
Leviathan is not action packed. Neither is it particularly uplifting. If you want a fun film or a bit of light relief, this is not for you. If you enjoy good cinema however, you cannot afford to miss it.
The portrayal of Russian life is incredibly raw, beautifully acted and somewhat depressing. For this reason it caused much consternation at home and despite 35% of the funding for the film coming from the Russian Ministry of Culture, the Culture minister Vladimir Medinsky criticised the portrayal of ordinary Russians.
“However much the authors made them swear and swig liters of vodka, that doesn’t make them real Russians. I did not recognize myself, my colleagues, acquaintances or even acquaintances of acquaintances in ’Leviathan’s’ characters,”
Abroad, of course, the reviews were far more positive.
A small but tragic tale of the effect of government corruption on one family, set against a dismal coastal backdrop, makes for an epic cinematic experience. This film is thought provoking to the extreme.
By Юрочкин Роман (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons