'Leviathan' is a big, fat Russian metaphor of a film

January 12, 2015 3:10 PM

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Here it is, Mother Russia, in all its bloated, drunken, allegorical glory. "Leviathan" is a modern parable of an ancient state and caricatures and stereotypes as old as vodka itself.

Andrey Zvyagintsev's film is, like the corrupt politician and hapless proles depicted here, a Soviet era throwback, a tale of people resigned to entropy, resigned to a naive belief in the authority of law and the state until they're confronted with exactly who those laws and who that state are desig...

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