Jump to content
Sign in to follow this  

Recommended Posts

Leviathan

 

levitan.jpg

 

"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 a lawyer friend to help, but the man's arrival brings further misfortune for Nikolai and his family."

 

Imdb page

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2802154/

 

Trailer

 

From Andrey Zvyagintsev (director of Elena and The Return) comes a new movie set in a rural village in Russia.

 

It is such a powerful movie that gets you right in the brain and stays there after having watched it.

 

With a very dense script full of characters which go back and forth, the movie wants to create a sense of closeness with the spectator through them and it does it really well, even with the length of the movie (2.20 hours) your emotions stay there all the time and you don't feel disconnected ever, moreover, you need the movie to keep going and not finish.

 

The script is just amazing, the actors are superb and the way the director manages to get your attention from one to another is very "kubrickish", playing with them within the frame and letting them walk through it and do their actions.

 

Its cinematography is just marvelous, condensed and content, the director knows what he wants and how to show it and Mikhail Krichman (I have the honour of working with in a movie in Ireland right now) shows the places as they are, but with a cinematography touch, let's say that he, as a cinematographer, brings the naturalism to the movie but places little touches that let you know that the light is there because it has to be there.

 

There is a marvelous sequence which I think it is really difficult and starts with the main female character in bed, she gets up, goes to the bathroom and leaves the house.

 

It is easily perceived that there is a light at the beginning and in some other places but it is so well placed that you feel it as if it were normal there.

 

Obviously it is not a single take (which would have been amazing and it matches the director's vision very well) but the way it is cut is flawless.

 

 

Screen%20Shot%202015-02-14%20at%208.20.5

 

Screen%20Shot%202015-02-14%20at%208.21.1

 

Screen%20Shot%202015-02-14%20at%208.21.4

 

Screen%20Shot%202015-02-14%20at%208.22.2

 

Screen%20Shot%202015-02-14%20at%208.22.4

 

Screen%20Shot%202015-02-14%20at%208.22.1

 

Screen%20Shot%202015-02-14%20at%208.23.0

 

Screen%20Shot%202015-02-14%20at%208.23.3

 

Screen%20Shot%202015-02-14%20at%208.23.5

 

A movie full of long, thought and meditated takes that brings us back the cinema of the Russian realism but with a modern twist.

 

By the way, Mikhail got the 2014 Cameraimage award because of this movie ;).

 

Very highly recommended, even more now that is in Bluray!

Have a good day.

 

Best.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

Sign in to follow this  


  • New Pro Video - New and Used Equipment



    Tai Audio



    Wooden Camera



    Serious Gear



    Broadcast Solutions Inc



    Ritter Battery



    Paralinx LLC



    Abel Cine



    Gamma Ray Digital Inc



    Media Blackout - Custom Cables and AKS



    Visual Products



    CineLab



    Metropolis Post



    Rig Wheels Passport



    Glidecam


×
×
  • Create New...