Leviathan Review

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This documentary follows the trawlermen of New England on their journeys into their Atlantic fishing grounds and far, far beyond...


If David Lynch directed The Perfect Storm shot by Anthony Dod Mantle, you’d get Leviathan. Véréna Paravel and Lucien Castaing-Taylor’s extraordinary documentary follows a fishing vessel off the New England coast, but this is about experience not education, creating a sea symphony of abstract, at times astonishing images, by turns horrific (fish heads skitting across the floor, skate hacked in half) and jaw-dropping (flocking seagulls shot from below). It’s a demanding watch and oppressive listen (the sound design ranks amongst the best of the year), but you’ll learn more about the rigour of trawling than in a thousand Deadliest Catch episodes.

Part fishing doc, part filmmaking experiment, Paravel and Castaing-Taylor is remarkable, disorientating and unique gem.