The Russians Believe That Americans Love Watching Russians Curse and Get Drunk on Vodka

Leviathan Is a Beautiful but Bleak Film

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Prior to this comment, nothing but Russian censored vulgarities.
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Nice review, Charles, and from an interesting angle. I would only add that in Russian, "mat" expletives are considerably stronger and more loaded than those in English. If you were to trip in the street in Seattle and mutter a "fuck" or "shit" few would lift an eyebrow. In Russia, where these aspects of language still have some power, you would attract considerably more attention.
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Isn't slamming shots of vodka Russia's national sport?
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Funny that the Russians think the film's received an Oscar nomination because Americans are anti-Russian. Each country is allowed to submit only ONE film for consideration for an Oscar. It was the Russian equivalent of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences that chose "Leviathan." If they were concerned about Russians being perceived as alcoholics, they could have selected a different film. (Though a cynic might argue that the Russian AMPAS-equivalent chose "Leviathan" specifically because of how Hollywood would take it, rather than other films the Russians thought were better.)