'Leviathan' an intense, bleak portrait of a town

March 12, 2015 3:16 PM

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There is something rotten in the state of Russia today, particularly in one small, decaying fishing village on the remote Kola Peninsula. That's the setting for the exceptionally fine drama "Leviathan," an intense and bleak portrayal of a community so thoroughly poisoned by corruption that the very notion of hope starts to seem fantastic.

"Leviathan" won the Golden Globe for best foreign film and was nominated for an Oscar in that category. It is a somber story told at a measured pace that may try the patience of some viewers, but the austerely gorgeous landscape cinematography and the film's sense of sympathy for its characters - th...

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