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The Childhood of a Leader

The Childhood of a Leader
  • 2016
  • UK / France / Hungary
  • 118 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Brady Corbet
  • Cast: Berenice Bejo, Liam Cunningham, Tom Sweet, Robert Pattinson, Stacy Martin
  • UK release: 19 August 2016

An American diplomat (Cunningham) and his European wife (Bejo), living in France in 1919 for the Versailles negotiations, have a pretty son (Sweet) who develops into a horribly spoiled brat. Ambitious and well-crafted but pretentious and narratively unconvincing fable from actor-turned-director Corbet.

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The Childhood of a Leader

15 Aug 20163 stars

Beautifully shot if narratively underwhelming look at the early years of a fascist leader

There was a lot of heated discussion at at last year's Venice Film Festival about this ambitious directorial debut from actor turned filmmaker Brady Corbet (who co-wrote with his partner Mona Fastvold), a dread-laden fable of a spoilt brat who grows up…

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