just watched all of this expecting there to be a sea monster at the end via a hazy memory of the trailer for the film LOL
Kudos to filmmakers Paravel and Castaing-Taylor for creating this overwhelming work of art. The film spends its time on a fishing vessel observing in extreme closeup the workings and physical extremities of man's battle against the elements and hardships in commercial fishing. Without dialoque or commentary the film astounds the viewer with image alone. The raw sound captured transports one directly into the image.
A film like no other. Shot in extreme close-up and unbiased POV on a fishing trawler in the inky-black of night on a freezing ocean. It's a primal, harrowing experience full of blood and guts with pummelling dolby sound trapping the viewer and providing ample opportunity to ponder the ruthlessness of the commercial food industry and the harsh living conditions of those who work it. 4 stars
In which the uneasy coexistence of man and nature is rendered in a stream of imagery the likes of which you've never seen before. It shows a world that both has a rigorous cycle and is chaotic as hell, and it can fill you with a very primal kind of fear. Sometimes, a quote from the Old Testament is all the context you need. 4 out of 5 stars.
At times, this is a visually remarkable piece, but sadly, said times are somewhat seldom stumbled upon between apparent aimlessness. Also, rather disappointingly, the single truly virtuosic sequence in the whole film was what came to be the film's trailer - a surprising and disenchanting move, à la Americana advertising garbage.
"Sin historia ni diálogos, Leviathan despliega poesía en medio del alta mar. La pesca de pronto se convierte en arte visual y auditivo. Es el allanamiento de espacios ubicados dentro y alrededor de una embarcación que se va abriendo campo de entre las aguas..." http://bit.ly/11VPpaN