Leviathan

Leviathan

DVD - 2013
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"A documentary shot in the North Atlantic and focused on the commercial fishing industry"--from www.imdb.com.
Publisher: [New York] : Cinema Guild, c2013
ISBN: 9780781514323
0781514320
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (87 min.) :,sd., col. ;,12 cm., in container

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princeofdarkness
Nov 29, 2016

A visually impressive examination of the fishing industry from the trenches, so to speak. My preference would be for more of a tightly-edited feature, as the imagery and pacing is a bit too disorienting for my taste. What has been captured by the filmmakers, using a myriad of fixed cameras, is quite startling and surrealistic. It is a film that will try your patience, as you are searching constantly for context and points of reference. It works more as a film experience, as opposed to a statement. I think the decision you will need to make is akin to when you go to an art gallery - how long does it take for you to get what you want from a given painting (for example). For some, it takes more time than others. In this case, I would've been pleased to have 60, rather than close to 90, minutes worth of footage.

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sjpeltier
Jul 13, 2016

Magnifique travail, qui ouvre la possibilité de documenter autrement, hors d'un narratif imposé.

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JLIOlib
Jul 13, 2015

This movie should have included a warning such as: Viewers may find this movie disturbingly boring. Viewer discretion is advised.

Fast forward would NOT make it less boring, by the way (I tried). It is possibly the worst movie I've ever seen. If it is allowed, I would have given it a rating of -2 instead of 0.5 star. Strapping a camera to a dolphin or whale will make a more interesting movie than this one.

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JohnWK
May 25, 2015

I thought it was the Russian movie with the same title, and wondered at the beginning when the story line would start. I then realized that it was a documentary with the same name. It was mostly done with a hand-held camera and showed long-lasting details that seemed to have little meaning, like a close-up of a man's face or the close-up of a fish. I'm still not sure what message the film was trying to convey. I ended not not watching the whole film, one of the first times I could not watch a movie until the end.

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thomasfronk
May 24, 2015

Beware: This "Leviathan" is a 2012 documentary about New England fishing boats, not the Russian Oscar-nominated film from 2014.

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jimg2000
May 16, 2015

Not bad but wish the documentary was presented with conventional cinematography than the fixed position web cam like close ups. However, it succeeded to depict the lives of the crew of hard working skillful fishermen on a trawler working day and night in stormy sea.

alleycat Mar 19, 2015

Not to be confused with the Oscar nominated foreign language film in Russian, also called Leviathan. This one is an entirely different and unrelated film. Those public members who have included this entry in their Oscar lists for 2015 are mistaken.

real_thing Nov 04, 2014

if u get sea sick, DONT WATCH THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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bibliocrema
Apr 29, 2014

No dialog at all, but a close-up of a man's face , mostly the nose, (not
a pretty face,by the way) for 4 or 5
min. at a time, interspersed with a
close-up of fish waste sloshing back and forth on the deck. (Sorry. I just
gave away the best parts of the film!)

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Saint_Mirin
Feb 23, 2014

This particular style of filmmaking is called cinema verite, and it's not for everyone. These films contain no narrative, often have little to no dialogue, and go with the flow having little to no goal or aim in mind. Cinema verite is an acquired taste. This film is a horrible example with extreme close-ups of fish guts or human faces lasting several minutes, blurry out of focus shots, odd angles, and at times you honestly have no idea what you're looking at muchless why. On a side note there was the disgusting reminder that most fishermen chain smoke and their ashes of cancer drop right onto your eventual dinner. Yuck. Stick with the Deadliest Catch, where they know how to operate a camera. This film even gives it a nod.

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