An ill-tempered, vodka infused mechanic lives with his new wife and child in a house on the sea that proves desirable for a local mob connected political boss. Andrey Zvyagintsev's Leviathan, partially funded by the Federation and subsequently censured, is a critical and concerned look at small town Russian life and local corruption. It is methodical, brooding and long though decently paced, even if this sort of Job like tale seems to be overused as of late. Good acting and great scenery both contribute.
*** 1/2 out of ****