Reviews

  • Oct 08, 2021

    Andrey Zvyagintsev's Leviathan appears to be a sweeping condemnation of oligarchs and Russian society under Vladamir Putin's rule, but once the bureaucratic greed and slime is wiped away, one realizes it is about much more than corruption and the abuse of power. The film takes place in a small fishing village in northern Russia, where a powerful and corrupt mayor uses his considerable influence with the courts and the church to appropriate the land belonging to a villager whose family has lived in the area for multiple generations. Beautifully shot, it's a powerful and quietly subversive film that sheds light on the unimaginable pain inflicted on those who are simply trying to scratch out a life in an inhospitable land under an unjust government.

    Andrey Zvyagintsev's Leviathan appears to be a sweeping condemnation of oligarchs and Russian society under Vladamir Putin's rule, but once the bureaucratic greed and slime is wiped away, one realizes it is about much more than corruption and the abuse of power. The film takes place in a small fishing village in northern Russia, where a powerful and corrupt mayor uses his considerable influence with the courts and the church to appropriate the land belonging to a villager whose family has lived in the area for multiple generations. Beautifully shot, it's a powerful and quietly subversive film that sheds light on the unimaginable pain inflicted on those who are simply trying to scratch out a life in an inhospitable land under an unjust government.

  • Aug 09, 2021

    Little man's struggle against corrupt officials doesn't seem to lead anywhere pleasant.

    Little man's struggle against corrupt officials doesn't seem to lead anywhere pleasant.

  • May 03, 2021

    A striking drama that depicts with an uncompromising eye the emotional and social misery of remote regions in Russia

    A striking drama that depicts with an uncompromising eye the emotional and social misery of remote regions in Russia

  • Jan 14, 2021

    Strange feeling of fear was holding on with my me during the pic maybe because of pervasive wildness of surroundings and its surreality. All of that mixed with great antisystem story and good acting showing triviality and simplicity of oligarchs sums up to unique movie.

    Strange feeling of fear was holding on with my me during the pic maybe because of pervasive wildness of surroundings and its surreality. All of that mixed with great antisystem story and good acting showing triviality and simplicity of oligarchs sums up to unique movie.

  • Oct 02, 2020

    Quando si decide di ambientare un film così corposo in una remoto villaggio del Nord della Russia, è praticamente impossibile ottenere quel dinamismo narrativo che potrebbe caratterizzare un qualsiasi altro film con la stessa trama. Il regista, dunque, accoglie pienamente tutti i pregi e i difetti che il territorio raccontato porta con sé: un'esperienza cupa, tragica e degradante che funziona e travolge in un baratro ideologico senza fine.

    Quando si decide di ambientare un film così corposo in una remoto villaggio del Nord della Russia, è praticamente impossibile ottenere quel dinamismo narrativo che potrebbe caratterizzare un qualsiasi altro film con la stessa trama. Il regista, dunque, accoglie pienamente tutti i pregi e i difetti che il territorio raccontato porta con sé: un'esperienza cupa, tragica e degradante che funziona e travolge in un baratro ideologico senza fine.

  • Jul 29, 2020

    'Leviathan' is not just an "against the system" film. It is an epos, it is forceful, creative and incredibly engaging. Yes, it is a story of a man fighting against an oligarchic corrupted system, a tough, cruel fight against the unavoidable. But the film's breathtaking shots serve to strengthen this inevitable loss; he was never going to win anyway. His struggle against his fall does nothing but fool himself, while the cold scenery - which Zvyagintsev so masterfully reminds us - seems to pervade the film and the protagonists' life. Coldness is this film's essence because coldness is life's essence under corruption. All in all, it is not a pleasant film. It is dark, perhaps darker than it seems at first, it is bleak and bitter, but despite the drama it does serve its purpose: tell the story of a man who sees his life fail - because under corruption you can only fail, if you are not a part of it, that is.

    'Leviathan' is not just an "against the system" film. It is an epos, it is forceful, creative and incredibly engaging. Yes, it is a story of a man fighting against an oligarchic corrupted system, a tough, cruel fight against the unavoidable. But the film's breathtaking shots serve to strengthen this inevitable loss; he was never going to win anyway. His struggle against his fall does nothing but fool himself, while the cold scenery - which Zvyagintsev so masterfully reminds us - seems to pervade the film and the protagonists' life. Coldness is this film's essence because coldness is life's essence under corruption. All in all, it is not a pleasant film. It is dark, perhaps darker than it seems at first, it is bleak and bitter, but despite the drama it does serve its purpose: tell the story of a man who sees his life fail - because under corruption you can only fail, if you are not a part of it, that is.

  • May 27, 2020

    A movie about awful people doing awful things. There is not redeeming value no matter how well the actors do it.

    A movie about awful people doing awful things. There is not redeeming value no matter how well the actors do it.

  • Feb 27, 2020

    Très bon film, un peu dur à la fin tout de même. Très russe...

    Très bon film, un peu dur à la fin tout de même. Très russe...

  • Feb 03, 2020

    A movie about corruption, injustice and uncertainty. Zviagynstev loves uncertainty and keeping answers. Pacing was a big problem to keep invested at all times.

    A movie about corruption, injustice and uncertainty. Zviagynstev loves uncertainty and keeping answers. Pacing was a big problem to keep invested at all times.

  • Aug 19, 2019

    The pace is just a little slow but the performances and the teachings of life are overwhelming, is when people with missfortune ask about that God of them and sometimes it does not appers nothing except more disgrace, and the end is an irony but is part of the real life.

    The pace is just a little slow but the performances and the teachings of life are overwhelming, is when people with missfortune ask about that God of them and sometimes it does not appers nothing except more disgrace, and the end is an irony but is part of the real life.