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Leviathan, Russia: ATW in Movies

Leviathan is a tragedy, about what unfolds when a corrupt government seizes a man’s home. I hate watching a tragedy. Not because they are sad but because they are inevitable, and you spend most of the movie, or play, or book, only waiting to see how the tragedy plays out: what crisis of mistaken identity will lead to the wrong person’s death, or Bubbles kills Sherrod, or whatever. But see, that second one is a bad example, because Bubbles killing Sherrod was shocking and unexpected, which was why The Wire was so incredible. Most movie tragedies, it’s like watching someone push a baby out onto a just-frozen-over lake: You’re only waiting for everything to go through the ice. Leviathan is so beautiful that you forget, for the most part, that we’re just waiting to see how Kolya is going to go through the ice. Kolya owns a house of startling beauty—at first I thought at he was rich, not that he was a perma-drunk auto mechanic married to Lilya, a beautiful if ill-at-ease worker at a fish processing factory. Three …