Synopsis: On the outskirts of a small coastal town in the Barents Sea, where whales sometimes come to its bay, lives an ordinary family: Kolya (Aleksey Serebryakov), his wife Lilya (Elena Lyadova) and their teenage son Romka. The family is haunted by a local corrupted mayor (Roman Madyanov), who is trying to take away the land, a house and a small auto repair shop from Kolya. To save their homes Kolya calls his old Army friend in Moscow (Vladimir Vdovichenkov), who has now become an authoritative attorney. Together they decide to fight back and collect dirt on the mayor.
Genre: Crime, Drama
Director(s): Andrey Zvyagintsev
Production: Sony Pictures Classics
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 33 wins & 44 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
140 min

Only a subtle approach

works with his kind.

This here is our leverage. Facts.

- Let me see.

- Not just yet.

After the hearing.

- Why's that?

- Kolya...

Because you're a hothead.

No offense,

but you ca fly off the handle

just like that.

And the last thing we need now

is a scandal.

Come on. I'm not crazy.

I have to know. You think

I'll just blurt out everything in court?

- Do you trust me, bro?

- Of course.

Then don't question me -

read it after.

Lilya, how about some tea?

Well, all right. I'll read it after.

Good man.

But you know,

you're bossing me around, junior.

And I don't like it.

Kolya, "junior" is what I was

in the army 20 years ago.

Why are you

waving these papers in my face then?

See for yourself then, chief.

Well, I've heard things about him.

Who hasn't, around here?

He's got blood dripping...

from his hands.

So why isn't he in prison

if you've got all this documented?

Because somebody up top needs him.

They've got all of them by the balls.

Easier to manage that way.

It's all very simple.

Vadim's position is safe

as long as he serves his purpose.

Or until he dies.

Or until someone lynches him.

Give me a break.

Who's going to lynch him?

You guys coming or what?

So let him sleep. Come alone.

I see.

If there's no one

to watch him, fine.

I know.

I've just got other things on my mind.

I'll talk to you later.

So what? Not coming?

Pasha is asleep after his shift.

There's no one to watch the kid.

Last time they had an excuse too.

Some friends!

- What about yours?

- Mine are right here.

OK, Kolya, you win.

My friends are shit.

- Sure are!

- Stop it, please.

Kolya, get a grip.

Watch your driving.

My driving!


I'm not saying anything.

Decree No. 1295 of the Pribrezhny

Town Administration

ordered the seizure from Mr Sergeyev

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Oleg Negin

Oleg Negin (born 2 July 1970) is a Russian screenwriter and novelist. He was born in Moscow.Negin's novels include П.Ушкин and Кипарис во дворе, published in 2004. In film, he became a collaborator with director Andrey Zvyagintsev, and at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival their Leviathan won the Best Screenplay Award. For their 2017 film Loveless, Negin and Zvyagintsev were jointly nominated for the European Film Award for Best Screenwriter. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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