A bitterly witty commix of religion/faith, politics/corruption is brought to you by Leviathan. It is also one of those rare audacious Russian movies that also essays to win awards, having already won Golden Globes it is heading as a leading contender for Oscars’ best foreign movie. With cryptic imagery and excerpts from Christianity, which are as generalized as they are individualistic, this movie travels towards greatness.
The movie tells the tale of Kolya, whose life as we see it takes the turn from bad to worse and how? He’s has a son, who doesn’t likes her step-mother and Kolya’s second wife Lilya. Lilya is mysterious and we never really know what’s going on in her mind throughout the movie and her secretive mind remains a secret with her unjustified demise. The movie exposes the corruption under Putin’s Government, shows a deeper faith and through the images like a big ship getting rot or Kolya’s old house being wretched by crane tells us there’s someone bigger who’s watching and can destroy us! In one of the defining scenes, when Kolya is shattered after Lilya’s death and faced accidentally with a local priest, he questions the religion. In answer the priest replies, “Can you pull in leviathan with a fishhook or tie down its tongue with a rope? Will it keep begging you for mercy? Will it speak to you with gentle words? Nothing on earth is its equal. It is king over all that are proud.” Cryptic as it may sound answers the question of life and of this movie.
With brilliant performances by the lead and ensemble and aptly appreciated direction this movie will boggle your head, surprise you with its audacity, and will subtly give you the answers, just watch closely. Andrey Zvyagintsev has become an remarkable if not unforgettable name after watching this movie. Be sure to watch this one.