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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.