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Leviathan 2013

Set aboard a hulking fishing vessel as it navigates the treacherous waves off the New England coast. The very waters that once inspired Moby Dick, the film captures the harsh, unforgiving world of the fishermen in starkly haunting, yet beautiful detail.


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Very much in the same style as 2009's Sweetgrass on which Lucien Castaing-Taylor also worked on: there is no narration in this. Instead it's put together from various cameras which have been set on the worker's head, arms or chest, hanging in the water, straped on top of the boat or just lying on the deck. Unfortunately it's a lot less focused and features a couple too long takes for my liking. Matching the title it's noisy, and mostly brooding in atmosphere and just lets you watch. You could call it an experimental film in some ways. If you're up for it watch it (or Sweetgrass) just don't expect a horror film - it can be misleading ;).

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