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


I'll have a smoke outside,

or I'll fall asleep.

OK. I'll be quick.

There they are...

Not making your quota, Sergeant?

Your license and registration.

Polished your badge today?

Stepanych will come see you today.

His carburettor broke again.

Again? I'm not a charity.

You know he'll make it up to you.

I can buy my own damn vodka.


he said he'll cover everything

for our trip:

food, guns.

I'm so excited,

I could wet my pants!

- Kolya...

- Pasha.

- It'll only take a second.

- I'm serious.

I can't today.

Tell him to come tomorrow.

- I will.

- All right.

Say hi to the wife.

I'm sick of that Stepanych

and his truck.

Fucking cop...

Cheap bastard is always after me

to fix his rust bucket.

He can crawl around

underneath it himself.

Any corrupt traffic cop can afford

a good car after 5 years on the job.

Maybe he's an honest cop.

Yeah, and generous!

- Are they here yet?

- Nope.

And where's your "good morning"?

I don't know.

Look for it, then.


Did you wash?

Go on, don't be an ape.

You're the ape.



- Stop right there.

- Get lost.

- What did you say?

- Just what you heard.

Oh! They're here.

Dima, tell them to take me along.

What about school?

You have a test coming up. Go get ready.

Don't lie...

- Don't talk to your mum like that!

- She's not my mum!

Difficult age...

You shouldn't hit him.

Just an affectionate slap.

I'm not driving him to school today.

He's been rude to me all morning.

I can't either. My friend's here.

He's your son. Up to you

whether he becomes a man or an ape.

Does he really have a test today?


Kolya, just take him.

I can come along too.

He'd like that.

Hey, soldier of fortune,

you ready to go?

How've you been?

All right.

We're looking for a new place.

I've been saying

we should move out of town.

Away from this place.

He says nothing.

- Could you talk to him?

- Sure.

Can't I just wear it?

Give it back, Dad.

All right, I'll give it back.

Stop whining.

Thank you.

Go start the car.

You're driving.


You wish.

Dima and I are coming too.

- But I'm driving, right?

- Yes, you.

Time out!

My own fault for coaching him.

A couple more years,

and he'll knock you out cold.

It's all good.

- I love you.

- I know.

Don't let him drive too fast!


Hi. Kolya's taking Roma to school.

Come in. He'll be back soon.

That's OK, I'll wait out here

and have a smoke.

Hello, Kolya.

Hey there. Car troubles again?

Didn't Pasha tell you

that I can't today?

No. Why, what's up?

My friend is visiting from Moscow.

My court hearing is at noon,

and we still have

a few things to go over.

I'll do it tomorrow.

Come by in the morning.


- I'm Ivan Stepanych.

- Dima.

I promise. I'll fix her up -

good as new.

OK, Kolya, fair enough.

Tomorrow it is then.

He wasn't happy about that.

- Funny character.

- You think?

He's outlived two wives.

Fucking tyrant.

OK, my friends.

Over the last two months,

I dug up some dirt

on that bastard.

Got him by the balls?

Yep, it'll do some damage.

- Doesn't look like much.

- So what now, how does it help?

Here's the deal:

I think today's ruling

won't be in our favour...

- Don't write us off yet.

- But...

We need him to think

what's best for him:

settle with us, or we go public.

- Meaning?

- Kolya, let him finish.

I want to know what he found.

A cannon can't bring that prick down!

No need for cannons.

We'll just gently tug him

by the balls.

I don't believe in that approach.

We've got to crush him.

- With a sledgehammer!

- No.

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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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