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  • Leviathan | Review

    AFI Fest 2012

    By | November 4, 2012

    Directors: Lucien Castaing-Taylor, Verena Paravel

    A profoundly mind-altering cinematic essay on the commercial fishing industry, Leviathan begins with a passage from the Book of Job. That right there is a clear sign that directors Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Verena Paravel will be feasting upon the existential struggle of man versus nature and man against god, as the crew of this particular fishing vessel constantly risks life and limb, working in the treacherous waters off the coast of Massachusetts.

    Miniature GoPro cameras are attached to members of the crew, as well as parts of the ship itself, documenting everything from a bird’s — and sometimes, a dead fish’s — eye view. The kinetic pacing lends Leviathan the air of a sea-faring action flick, while the off-kilter perspective of the low resolution cinematography turns the film into an experimental art piece; regardless, this film is one hell of an experience, hell being the operative word. For some, Leviathan might be sensory overload — there will almost certainly be audience members who experience seasickness while seated in the movie theater — but as far as I am concerned, Leviathan works best in a movie theater in which the audience can become fully immersed in the sights and sounds.

    Rating: 8/10

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    • Smarten_Up

      Sorry but this filmmaker is full of it. The film is a waste of our good time, better spent sleeping than watching…

      Just because you are a Harvard professor and go out to sea and get wet and bumped around does NOT make your footage worth seeing. A real tough editing is needed here, such as when I ran this dvd at quadruple fast forward, reducing it to just a few minutes. Even then, some scenes should be deleted.

      Were they really surprised that all flesh food on the plate comes at a high price? Do all these film reviewers and their academic buddies never think about food, until they find themselves on the deck of a trawler? Hey !–HEY! that is real life–and real DEATH, get it Prof???

      Eat some vegetables if you are so guilty, but keep this stuff as a home movie; “What I Did on My Sabbatical…”

      Sound was unhearable, in fact frustrating, more informative as silent on fast forward! And that essay by Cyril Neyrat? Not only must it have been poorly translated, it was written in garbage-academese…sincerely hope no one got tenure for that!