A film by Andrey Zvyagintsev

Cast: Elena Lyadova, Vladimir Vdovichenkov, Aleksey Serebryakov

An extraordinary tale of one’s family’s fight against corruption, the only one who truly knows the truth is God. Kolya (Alexey Serebryakov) who is fighting to keep the house that he lives in with his teenage son Roma (Sergey Pokhadaev) and second wife Lilya (Elena Lyadova). Despite having deep roots and building his home by himself, Kolya is being forced off his land by the local mayor Vadim (Roman Madyanov), a dude who drinks too much vodka and abuse his power.  Vadim wants the land for his own  development plans , if I am correct he wants to build a palace. Kolya does not want to part from his land nor home so he  calls upon his lawyer friend Dima (Vladimir Vdovitchenkov)- friends that is a big word you will see why when you see the film- to come in from Moscow to give him a hand. What Dima ends up uncovering about Vadim not only backs the mayor into an uncomfortable corner, but triggers a series of events that will have a great impact on everyone.


There are stunning cinematography in this film I mean really stunning cinematography. Leviathan is a powerful examination of the  bond between church and state within  Russian society. Everybody but Dima ( who does not quiet believe in god) He believes in fact, makes reference that god will work things out. Of course it is not god who work things out in fact that the country is already corrupt shit happens you might say the devil makes thins happen. You will see that the characters in the story. They are fascinating $, they have their own fear, desire, sorrows which they drowned in a bottle of vodka will come back from that one in a bit, and mistake. Going back to the vodka you see as you know I watch a lot of film and foreign film as well so the culture in Russia is that they drink vodka so they drowned their sorrows in vodka, French film is wine, American is beer also Germany so in this film there were a lot of vodka drinking when they are happy and spent time together and when they are sad. Some scenes are brutally honest and emotionally brilliant. The is a complex story and brilliant film by Andry Zvyagintsev. This won for best scenario at cannes film festival. It could be the film of the year. To me so far it is. You must see this one if you get a chance.




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