Zvayagintsev gusta de la dramática saturada. Cual Dardenne, el tema social es su enganche. A esto le suma un discurso metafórico, caso "Leviathan", sobre cómo un paisaje degradado predice la degradación de sus mismos habitantes, además de la desmitificación de los referentes religiosos ultrajados y cínicos. El filme conducía bien al hacer boceto de un drama judicial, mas su director peca de abarrotar tragedias.
Cannes script winner that encapsulates the modern Russia in a David vs. Goliath tale that pits a drunken, brutish everyman against a corrupt Mayor who is out to appropriate the everyman's property and home. The feeling of a system caught between tradition/tyranny and law/budding capitalism comes through. Performances are great as is the vodka soaked dialogue throughout. A major achievement from Zvyagintsev.
Soul crushing! With the added tease of being very funny for the first hour, until its events unfold so naturally and inevitably and Russianly that when it ends as such a matter-of-fact, it's devastating but it makes total sense. It reminded me of THE WIRE. Trying to be an honest person in this life? Fuck you, someone'll be there with a big boot to flatten you like the honest bug you are.
An extraordinary portrayal of one man's lost battle against an unrelenting bureaucratic force and its disregard for basic human virtues. Krichman's sweeping shots of a bleak and absorbing countryside continue to reinforce the impending devastation with an unfailing poignancy. During these wonderful sequences, one becomes fully immersed within a landscape that seems to have soaked in all the world's despondency.
It shows the real life of russian people living in small vilages and dealing with corrupted people. I think it shows us that nothing really has changed since dissolution of Soviet Union. Great movie, that makes u really think about injustice in life. It kind of reminded me of Loznitsa's film "My Joy". Hope, it's gonna win the Oscar! For me it looks much better than Ida.
With perfectly matched cinematography and direction Leviafan is an astute study of belonging, corruption, loyalty and man against the machine. It's a mature voice that mirrors the complexity of life with with a deft touch, happily ending it's minor narrative threads as abruptly as they begin. 4 stars
It's a good movie, but would be much better without these Antonioniesque moods, passages "truths of the silence" or whatever. Also, characters lack some meat. There's no hard grip on their hearts and minds, cause director is mostly after tracking social injustice. Still, worth watching.