Staggering and fulsomely compelling in the first half when we aren't sure exactly where we are going and the movie carries serious thrust. Somewhat disappointing as the whole approach becomes diffuse, leaden in its symbolism, and obligated to make its point afterwards. Still, monumental. That it exists, and that state money is involved, ought to prompt some serious reflection
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.