Leviathan is an indictment of corruption-ridden modern Russia. Unlike most victims of a crooked official, Kolya has an old army buddy who is now a smart lawyer. Yet the only weapon available is a ‘dirt file’ on the mayor. In the Bible, the leviathan is a sea monster described as too big for men to subdue. At one level the whale skeleton provides a metaphor for a rotten system too powerful and ruthless to fight. But it’s not quite that simple: the victims here are pretty good at betraying each other—not to mention hitting the vodka bottle too hard. And perhaps that makes a point about the understandably demoralised population of this sad country. Reference is made to the Biblical suffering of Job. Is the wider problem the vicissitudes of life itself? Maybe. But the final scene of the complacent bishop carrying on about ‘truth’ pinpoints what is lacking in Russia. As well as the rule of law and democracy, there must be means for truth to be made known through a genuinely free media. What did you think of Leviathan?