The Childhood of a Leader (2015)

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A chronicle of the childhood of a post-World War I leader.

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  • Bérénice Bejo at an event for The Childhood of a Leader (2015)
  • Bérénice Bejo and Robert Pattinson in The Childhood of a Leader (2015)
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  • Bérénice Bejo at an event for The Childhood of a Leader (2015)
  • Bérénice Bejo and Liam Cunningham in The Childhood of a Leader (2015)

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30 August 2016 | summerssimon
A flawed but powerful and very promising debut
A flawed but very promising directorial debut from Brady Corbet. The plot meanders a little, promising more than it ultimately manages to deliver. There are, though, plenty of great moments as the film unfolds and the increasingly oppressive atmosphere of isolation, alienation and menace intensifies. Scott Walker's soundtrack is gloriously weird and over the top, and is used to particularly powerful effect in the set piece sequences that open and close the film. The acting is uniformly excellent. Tom Sweet delivers a fine performance as The Boy, whose increasingly violent tantrums are a sign of grim things to come. This is an intelligent and subtle film. A very good debut, which falls just short of being great.

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