Leviathan

I was really chuffed last year, to look through the Guardian list of the year’s best films, and see that I’d seen 9 of them. and now I complete the set, with Leviathan. Wow. Nobody does gloom like the Russians. a small and vulnerable family, under pressure from a local gangster and unsympathetic officials, trying to hang on to their vulnerable home, which would make an idea site for a new marina…Everything that could go wrong does go wrong. these scenery is bleak, the weather usually grim, and the acting totally convincing. Very few laughs, but a really powerful film. Towards the end the house is taken, and then demolished, and we are the camera, inside, watching the machinery crash into building and tear it apart. Brilliant.