January 2nd, 2015



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In a Russian coastal town, Nikolai is forced to fight the corrupt mayor when he is told that his house will be demolished. He recruits his old Army friend to help, but the man's arrival brings further misfortune for Kolya and his family.

Release Year: 2014

Rating: 8.1/10 (2,177 voted)

Critic's Score: 91/100

Director: Andrey Zvyagintsev

Stars: Aleksey Serebryakov, Elena Lyadova, Roman Madyanov

On the outskirts of a small coastal town in the Barents Sea, where whales sometimes come to its bay, lives an ordinary family: Nikolai (Aleksey Serebryakov), his wife Lilya (Elena Lyadova) and their teenage son Romka. The family is haunted by a local corrupted mayor (Roman Madyanov), who is trying to take away the land, a house and a small auto repair shop from Nikolai. To save their homes Nikolai calls his old Army friend in Moscow (Vladimir Vdovichenkov), who has now become an authoritative attorney. Together they decide to fight back and collect dirt on the mayor.

Writers: Oleg Negin, Andrey Zvyagintsev

Elena Lyadova - Lilya
Vladimir Vdovichenkov - Dmitriy Seleznyov
Roman Madyanov - Mer
Aleksey Serebryakov - Nikolay
Anna Ukolova -
Sergey Pokhodaev -
Kristina Pakarina - Devochka v poezde
Aleksey Rozin -
Dmitriy Bykovskiy-Romashov - Tkachuk
Sergey Bachurskiy - Stepanych
Lesya Kudryashova - Yulya
Irina Vilkova - sudya Gandikap
Igor Litovkin - Politseyskiy
Irina Graba - zhena Tkachuka
Vladimir Lupanov -

Country: Russia

Language: Russian

Release Date: 5 February 2015

Filming Locations: Kirovsk, Murmansk Oblast, Russia

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User Review


Rating: 10/10

I must say I was very excited to see this movie in the international film festival hosted here in Auckland.

Setted in corrupt small northern Russian town, that could very much be any other town, or even country, in the world, Leviafan explores the confrontation of a man against the mayor. The last wants to kick him out of his house for his own benefit.

Superb photography, superb acting, spine chilling music, solid plot and dark humor touches make Leviafan a truly rewarding experience. One of the best movies I have seen in some time. Do not let the duration discourage you, hours fly. When you glance at your watch for the first time the movie will be over.

Be ready to pity, hate and love the characters. Laugh, feel anguish and rage and enjoy this emotional roller-coaster.


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