Leviathan: A Courageous One Man Fight Against Injustice
Serious yet exquisitely funny at times, Leviathan has been cleverly written by its director Andrey Zvyagintsev and his colleague Oleg Negin. It’s an account of a single man’s stand against corruption in modern day Russia, loosely based on the Book of Job.
Kolya (Alexey Serebryakov) a middle aged man, lives in a beautiful house with his second wife and son in a forgotten town close to the Barents Sea and runs his own business. Little does he know that he is about to get into the biggest fight of his life. A crooked mayor has set his eyes on his land and property. However, Koyla will soon prove to him and to his corrupt government that he is not a pushover and will not succumb to the mayor’s threats; after all, his house and his land are all he has. Koyla calls on the help of his friend Dimitri, a handsome lawyer from Moscow, and together they fight the system through official means. Unfortunately, all doors seem to close in their faces, but Dimitri does not despair and gives the mayor a dose of his own medicine. This further infuriates the dishonest official who will stop at nothing to get what he wants.
After watching Leviathan one can understand Russia’s decision to nominate the film as its submission to compete in the best foreign language film category at the 2015 Oscars.