In the waters where Melville’s Pequod gave chase to Moby Dick, Leviathan captures the collaborative clash of man, nature, and machine. Shot on a dozen small cameras — tossed and tethered, passed from fisherman to filmmaker — it is a cosmic portrait of mankind’s place at the edge of wilderness.
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If any of the SEL films creates a “post-humanist” vision, it is this one. Although this goal may seem at odds with a cinema that seeks grounding in the senses, Leviathan simply extrapolates “sensory” from the human body to the body of the world itself—to the bodies of matter, nature, economic exploitation, etc.
There is so much in this film to ponder with regard to how it was made and what it’s saying. In showing the realities of deep sea fishing and allowing viewers a so-close-you-can-touch/taste/hear/smell-it vision of life on a commercial schooner, the film fills a kind of tacit educational remit.
A radical film of sensation (rather than the traditional one of affect), that reveals how sensations think, how the bodily manifestations of images and sounds, as we watch the film, are "already always" cognitive. Equal to anything by Grandrieux, this mix of avant garde film, documentary and agit-prop is in equal parts beautiful and horrifying.
See this in a theater if you can. Innovative photo-doc using nifty little GoPro cameras that make it feel like you are seeing what the fishing boat sees, if a boat had a bunch of little eyes all over it. And there's almost no talking, I like that.
Jesus christ. What a strange, mysterious raw and absolutely haunting and fantastic film. This is definitive proof that documentaries can actually employ unique and fascinating methods in their visual style and the result can be breathtaking. Truly this could be the best shot documentary I've ever seen (aside from Baraka). Every image and sound struck some primordial cord in my brain. Fascinating and essential.
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.
I was afraid that the film would swallow me up like the sea. After it had, the sheer terror, fascination, and pain in my ears culminated in a bilious drive home from the theater. Never had nausea been interesting.
Blood, guts, flesh, fishes, carcasses, knifes, butchery, filth, water, seagulls, workers, cigarettes, days, nights, alienation, Gopro cameras. This is sensory anthropology at its best. The viewer is trapped into this immersive world and forced to experience life and working hours through the fishermen's eyes. A fascinating, nauseous and vertiginous documentary film about industrial fishing. Masterpiece.