Leviathan ★★★★

A great piece of art and family drama with an interesting motif of the posters image that works as the films metaphor for the modern Russian family/political system/man. Ending extremely cold and almost detached from the rest of the films emotional core, Leviathan left me cold. But there's so much to chew on and spectacular filmmaking at play that the ending doesn't sour the sweetness too much.

The director takes many of Tarkovsky's magic, including impeccably designed compositions and the Russian mise en scene, which is usually cold in color but a lot depth in the image. Another incredible motif in Leviathan that reminded me of the master was the house getting torn down. Not only visually arresting the image says so much.

Impressive performances all around, the child is completely believable and emotes his pre pubescent ass off.

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