The Childhood of a Leader

The Childhood of a Leader

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A look at the childhood life of a post-World War I leader. A grippingly dispassionate period psychodrama.

Set against the backdrop of the 1919 Paris peace conference that led to the Treaty of Versailles, US actor Brady Corbet’s directorial debut is a tautly drawn drama that juxtaposes the rise of fascism in context of an apparently angelic young boy’s tantrums and power struggles with his parents and carers in a large country house. Robert Pattinson has a series of telling cameos, though at the heart of the film is 10-year-old Tom Sweet as the manipulative boy Prescott, tussling with his parents, played by Berenice Bejo (‘The Artist’) and Liam Cunningham.

Based partly upon a story by Sartre and loosely inspired by the early childhood experiences of many of the great dictators of the 20th Century, ‘The Childhood of a Leader’ is an ominous portrait of emerging evil. Great design and a memorable soundtrack by Scott Walker. Cast also includes Stacy Martin and Yolande Moreau. (Some subtitles)