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‘The Childhood Of A Leader’ Review: Brady Corbet’s Directorial Debut Is An Enthralling Mind-f*ck

14 June 2016 11:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

A 27-year-old dude from Scottsdale, Arizona, Brady Corbet has somehow become the go-to guy for major European auteurs in need of a young American who can pick up what they’re putting down. We may never fully understand how he parlayed a one-episode cameo on “The King of Queens” and a recurring appearance in the fifth season of “24” into a series of brilliant collaborations with titans of international cinema like Michael Haneke (“Funny Games”) and Lars von Trier (“Melancholia”), but it’s clear why Corbet might have a special appreciation for how public figures are often seen through the lens of their beginnings. With his unusually accomplished directorial debut “Childhood of a Leader,” Corbet delivers a strange and startling film that reflects the unique trajectory of his career, as well as the influence of the iconoclastic directors with whom he’s already worked.

The first strains of Scott Walker’s panicky score slice into the soundtrack like Penderecki having a heart attack, the strings cutting into archival footage of World War I troops marching in formation. The opening titles are draped in terror, and they steel audiences for an ominous origin story on par with the horrors presaged by “Max” or “The Omen.” And on that promise, Corbet delivers — albeit it in his own elliptical, psychically tormented, and increasingly hypnotic way.

The Childhood of a Leader” tells the story of a young American boy (Tom Sweet) coming of age in a snowbound pocket of rural France circa 1918. His young yet severe mother (“The Artist” star Bérénice Bejo) is fed up with her son from the start, and takes out most of her frustration on the various employees who rear the boy for her by proxy. The child’s father (Liam Cunningham, who “Game of Thrones” fans will better recognize by the name of Davos Seaworth), is an assistant on President Wilson’s staff, and is often away in Versailles working on the peace treaty that would ultimately end the war. On the rare evenings during which he returns home, the boy’s father is sometimes accompanied by a widower politician played by Robert Pattinson (a glorified cameo during which he willfully melts into the musty furnishings of Corbet’s sets).

The film seldom ventures outside of the boy’s house, pushing deeper and deeper into the opaque void of its protagonist’s malleable young mind. Corbet’s doggedly anti-dramatic script (co-written by his partner, Mona Fastvold) stakes the boy’s future on a debate between nature vs. nurture in which neither side ever seems to earn a clear advantage. Sweet, whose character is outwardly defined by a blank expression and a head of flowing blond hair (he’s often confused for a girl), delivers a tense performance that often feels modeled after his director’s seething turns in “Simon Killer” and “Funny Games.” You almost never know what the kid is thinking, but it’s telling that his moments of paranoid anxiety are by far his most visceral — an early nightmare sequence suggests that Corbet has a natural talent for eerie visual abstractions.

Read More: Brady Corbet and Mona Fastvold Talk Moody Sundance Discovery ‘The Sleepwalker

He also has a natural talent for the strain of winking, comically exaggerated gravitas that makes it tempting to suspect that hyper-severe auteurs like Haneke and von Trier are actually just taking the piss. Ostentatiously divided into five sections (an overture, three ‘Tantrums,’ and a coda), and refusing to speak the boy’s name until late in the film (so that viewers might tie themselves into knots trying to work out which fascist leader the kid will grow up to become), “The Childhood of a Leader” pits the intensity of its context against the banality of its incident.

The first two Tantrums are all portent and no plot; the most exciting thing that happens is when the boy paws at the breast of his pretty young French tutor (“Nymphomaniac” ingenue Stacy Martin). There’s much talk of language skills, and fluency becomes its own kind of power, but how that factors into Corbet’s grand design is no better explicated than the fact that Sweet’s character is exclusively raised by hired help, or the tidbit that his dad had been hoping for a daughter. And yet, the raw anxiety of Corbet’s vision only grows more palpable as Sweet retreats further from our understanding; by the time the film reveals itself to be more of a mind-fuck than a historical drama, you’re too rattled to feel tricked.

On one hand, the indelibly disorienting final scene feels like a hit from behind; on the other, it feels as though the film has been building to it from the start. Either way, “The Childhood of a Leader” leaves behind a squall of unanswered questions that linger in the mind long after it squelches to a finish. Is this a story about the merits of Freudian psychology, or its limitations? Is it about the making of a monster, or is its distance meant to mock the thinking that sociopaths can be so easily explained? Early in the first Tantrum, Pattinson’s character lifts a quote that novelist John Fowles would ultimately coin in regards to the Holocaust: “That was the tragedy. Not that one man has the courage to be evil, but that so many have not the courage to be good.” Other than Corbet’s promise, that sentiment may be the film’s one clear takeaway: Whether born or raised, leaders are only as powerful as the people who neglect to stop them.

Grade: B+

The Childhood of a Leader” plays at BAMcinemaFest on June 23rd. It opens in theaters and on VOD on July 22nd.

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- David Ehrlich

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Sturridge, Martin, Flanagan enter '3 Way Junction'

19 May 2016 2:40 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Production underway in Africa on drama from Searching For Sugar Man executive.

Production is underway on commercials director Juergen Bollmeyer’s debut feature 3 Way Junction, starring Tom Sturridge (The Hollow Crown, Far From The Madding Crowd), Stacy Martin (Nymphomaniac Vol. 1 & 2) and Tommy Flanagan (Sons Of Anarchy).

The five-week shoot will include South Africa and Namibia.

Bollmeyer, who has directed adverts for Toyota, BMW and Coca-Cola, won a Cannes Silver Lion in 2014.

Inspired by real events, 3 Way Junction follows a London architect who travels to the grand dunes of the Namibian Desert to escape. But when he finds himself stranded alone, desperately waiting for a ride that never comes, he must embark on a bitter rite of passage.

Writers are Don Bohlinger (The Experiment, Elles) and arts and travel writer Jessica Hundley.

Maggie Monteith (Searching For Sugar Man) produces for Dignity Films alongside Michael Auret for Spier Films (The Salvation) and Oliver Stoltz. Chris Reed, Thembisa Cochrane »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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Watch: First Trailer For ‘The Childhood Of A Leader’ Starring Robert Pattinson, Bérénice Bejo, Stacy Martin & More

17 May 2016 9:24 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Actor Brady Corbet has proved he has unique stories to tell as the screenwriter behind “Simon Killer” and “The Sleepwalker,” making it clear he has a voice worth paying attention to. Now he’s gone to the next level, directing his debut feature film “The Childhood Of A Leader.” Read More: Sundance Review: ‘Simon Killer’ Loses That […]

The post Watch: First Trailer For ‘The Childhood Of A Leader’ Starring Robert Pattinson, Bérénice Bejo, Stacy Martin & More appeared first on The Playlist. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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First Trailer: "The Childhood of a Leader"

17 May 2016 7:01 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Young actor Brady Corbet has worked with many impressive filmmakers over the years including Michael Haneke, Lars von Trier, Olivier Assayas, Gregg Araki, Noah Baumbach, Mia Hansen-Love and more. Some of that seems to be paying off with his feature directorial debut effort " The Childhood of a Leader" which has scored a first look trailer today.

Premiering last Fall in Venice where it won two major awards, and set to premiere next month at both the Sydney Film Festival and BAMcinema Fest in New York, the Sartre-fueled film boasts an impressive cast including Berenice Bejo, Liam Cunningham, Stacy Martin, Yolande Moreau, Robert Pattinson and Tom Sweet.

Set in the wake of the first World War in a chateau outside Paris, this totalitarianism allegory explores the early stirrings of despotism in a choirboy whose father is a high-ranking diplomat assisting President Woodrow Wilson in the signing of the Treaty of Versailles. »

- Garth Franklin

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Watch: First Trailer for Brady Corbet's Film 'The Childhood of a Leader'

16 May 2016 7:40 PM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

"Witness the birth of a terrifying ego." The first trailer has debuted for a film called The Childhood of a Leader, which is the feature directing debut of the talented actor Brady Corbet, who has appeared in a number of excellent indie films over the last decade. Loosely inspired by the writings of Jean-Paul Sartre and Margaret MacMillan, the film tells a coming-of-age story of a young French choirboy whose father is a diplomat assisting President Woodrow Wilson in the signing of the Treaty of Versailles. Tom Sweet plays the boy, and the cast includes Bérénice Bejo, Liam Cunningham, Stacy Martin, Yolande Moreau and Robert Pattinson. This certainly does look like something we've never seen before. Take a look below. Here's the first official trailer for Brady Corbet's The Childhood of a Leader, direct from YouTube: Independent film mainstay Brady Corbet (Mysterious Skin, Martha Marcy May Marlene) delivers one »

- Alex Billington

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Robert Pattinson Hype Overshadows New Childhood of Leader Trailer (see!)

16 May 2016 3:35 PM, PDT | TheImproper.com | See recent TheImproper.com news »

Robert Pattinson makes four brief appearances in the new film “The Childhood of a Leader,” but you wouldn’t know it from the hype he is getting from Web sites trying to game a new movie trailer to draw page views from Robert Pattinson fans. In the film credits, the co-stars are identified as Bérénice Bejo, Liam Cunningham, Stacy Martin and Yolande Moreau. Newcomer Tom Sweet plays the lead role. ...Read MoreRobert Pattinson Hype Overshadows New Childhood of Leader Trailer (see!) was first posted on May 16, 2016 at 6:35 pm.

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- Keith Girard

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First Trailer For Brady Corbet’s ‘The Childhood of a Leader’ With Robert Pattinson, Bérénice Bejo & More

16 May 2016 12:21 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

He can be seen in films from Michael Haneke, Lars von Trier, Olivier AssayasMia Hansen-Løve, Noah BaumbachBertrand Bonello, Ruben Östlund, and more, but Brady Corbet finally got on the other side of the camera for his feature debut, The Childhood of a Leader. With a top-notch cast featuring Bérénice Bejo, Liam Cunningham, Stacy Martin, Yolande Moreau, Robert Pattinson, and Tom Sweet, it’s been mostly quiet regarding the post-wwi drama since its Venice premiere last fall, but now a new trailer has landed along with news it’ll play at BAMcinemaFest next month.

We said in our review, “The feature debut from young actor turned screenwriter-director Brady Corbet, The Childhood of a Leader is an ambitious choice for a first project — a period piece tying together the post-wwi political climate and the upbringing of a child in a chateau outside Paris. The film, premiering in the Orizzonti section of the Venice Film Festival, »

- Leonard Pearce

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Arnaud Desplechin, Michel Hazanavicius, and Michael Fassbender Secure New Projects

4 May 2016 12:35 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

When interviewing Arnaud Desplechin last fall, I briefly got word of the film that will follow his recently released My Golden Days. As it went:

“I formed this character. It’s about this character, and I was thinking about Vertigo. It’s a melancholy… it’s not melancholy. It’s quite a tragic character… no, it’s not a tragic character. It’s a strange character. It’s a strange woman. She disappeared for 20 years, and she’s back, and I started to write some good scenes with this material, this woman who’s back from the dead. She was supposed to be dead and she’s back. The guy is surprised. I’m calling him Ismael right now. Just right now; I will change it later. Right now I’m calling him Ismael, and I realized that this woman is coming from Sabbath’s Theater.”

This is now coming to fruition. »

- Nick Newman

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Jean-Luc Godard biopic in works from director of The Artist

3 May 2016 9:18 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Pioneering new wave film-maker to be the subject of a love story from Oscar-winner Michel Hazanavicius, with Louis Garrel and Stacy Martin set to star

French new wave maverick Jean-Luc Godard is getting the screen treatment in the latest film from Michel Hazanavicius, director of The Artist.

Related: Cannes 2014 review: The Search - silence may be best policy on followup to The Artist

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- Nigel M Smith

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Daily | Louis Garrel as Godard, Stacy Martin as Anne Wiazemsky

3 May 2016 9:13 AM, PDT | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

Michel Hazanavicius will direct Louis Garrel as Jean-Luc Godard and Stacy Martin as Anne Wiazemsky in Redoubtable, a "lighted-hearted and affectionate" comedy that begins with the 1967 shoot of La Chinoise. In Cannes, Wild Bunch will also be pitching Arnaud Desplechin’s Les Fantomes d’Ismaël with Mathieu Amalric, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Marion Cotillard, Sergei Loznitsa’s A Gentle Creature, Andrey Zvyagintsev’s Loveless, Jacques Doillon’s Rodin with Vincent Lindon, Michaël R. Roskam’s The Racer and the Jailbird with Matthias Schoenaerts and Adele Exarchopoulos and Claire Denis’s High Life with Robert Pattinson, Patricia Arquette and Mia Goth. And that's just the opener of today's roundup of news and views. » - David Hudson »

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Cannes: Wild Bunch to launch new Hazanavicius, Desplechin, Loznitsa

3 May 2016 4:28 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Slate includes films starring Louis Garrel, Marion Cotillard,

Wild Bunch will kick-off pre-sales at Cannes on Oscar-winner Michel Hazanavicius’s [pictured] new project Redoubtable revolving around the relationship between Jean-Luc Godard and actress Anne Wiazemsky in the late 1960s.

Based on Wiazemsky’s autobiographical account Un An Après, the production will star Louis Garrel as Jean-Luc Godard and Stacy Martin, last seen in High-Rise, as the director’s young muse.

The script kicks off with the 1967 shoot of La Chinoise – about a group of students who try to live by Maoists principles - and follows the couple through the late 1960s when Godard went through his so-called “revolutionary period”.

Wiazemsky – who met Godard when she was just 17-years-old and he was on the rebound from Anna Karina – was married to the filmmaker for more than a decade.

Like Hazanavicius’s Oscar-winning The Artist, the aesthetics and style of Redoubtable will take inspiration from the films around which the »

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“Tale of Tales” is the rare collection of fairy tales for adults

26 April 2016 2:04 PM, PDT | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

Even though fairy tales themselves have often been dark throughout the years, the translation to film from book form has almost exclusively been directed towards young audiences. Occasionally we get more adult themed fairy tales, but they tend to be few and far between. Lost a bit in the Tribeca shuffle for me was the release last weekend of the new movie from Matteo Garrone, the fantasy film of sorts Tale of Tales. It’s a real unique flick, having debuted last year at the Cannes Film Festival before finally now in theatrical release, as of the weekend. It’s interesting enough that I wanted to make a quick mention of it, as it’s really something else. The film is, more or less, a collection of a few fairy tales, just given a different spin than usual. There’s three main ones, including the obsessive quest of the Queen »

- Joey Magidson

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Us Trailer For Matteo Garrone’s Tale of Tales Spins A Fairytale Yarn

23 March 2016 2:54 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Matteo Garrone, the Italian filmmaker behind such efforts as Reality, is poised to make his English-language debut with Tale of Tales, the fantasy horror flick set for release in the States in little over a month’s time.

Emerging from last year’s Cannes Film Festival, the movie was entered into the running for the coveted Palme d’Or award. Rooted in the mythology of 17th century fairytales – fairytales that would go on to inspire Grimm Brothers, Hans Christian Andersen and Charles Perrault among others – Salma Hayek headlines the feature as a barren Queen of Longtrellis. It’s got quite the ensemble cast in tow, too, including the likes of Vincent Cassel, John C. Reilly, Toby Jones, and Stacy Martin.

Tale of Tales opens via limited release on April 24. For now, you can check out our brief verdict of Garrone’s English-language debut via our capsule review.

In one yarn, »

- Michael Briers

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Watch: New U.S. Trailer For 'Tale Of Tales' With Salma Hayek, John C. Reilly, Vincent Cassel, Stacy Martin, And More

23 March 2016 8:25 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

While Matteo Garrone's "Tale Of Tales" made a starry debut on the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival last spring, it didn't seem to bowl over critics. While we called it "engrossing and entertaining," we also noted it was more of an in-the-moment pleasure. Still, with this cast and what look to be some unforgettable visuals, the picture looks like one that's still worth tracking down. Read More: Cannes Review: Matteo Garrone's 'Tale Of Tales' With Salma Hayek, John C. Reilly, Vincent Cassel & More The latest from the director of "Gomorrah" is based on the 17th-century fairy stories of Giambattista Basile, with Salma Hayek, John C. Reilly, Vincent Cassel, Shirley Henderson, Stacy Martin and Toby Jones starring in the wildly fantastical film. Here's the official synopsis:  Sea monsters, monarchs, ogres, and sorcerers: Salma Hayek and John C. Reilly star in this breathtaking Baroque fantasy from the visionary director of Gomorrah. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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U.S. Trailer For Matteo Garrone’s ‘Tale of Tales’ Starring Salma Hayek, John C. Reilly, and Vincent Cassel

23 March 2016 7:52 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

The latest film from Matteo Garrone, the director behind Gomorrah and Reality, is The Tale of Tales, which premiered at Cannes Film Festival last year and will finally land on U.S. shores next month. Compiling stories from a set of 17th-century fairytales, the strong ensemble feature Salma HayekVincent Cassel, John C. Reilly, Toby Jones, and Stacy Martin.

We said in our review, “As Pasolini amply demonstrated with his Trilogy of Life, also based on classic fable anthologies (which preceded and influenced the Pentamerone), the grotesque style of such tales demands a healthy dose of irony to work on film. When Garrone allows for such irony, Tale of Tales shines. The shot of Hayek in an opulent and pristinely white dining room digging her face into a massive bloody heart is delightful, as is the sight of Jones lovingly feeding and embracing the Cronenbergian flea. Unfortunately, Garrone plays it »

- Jordan Raup

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Listen: 20-Minute 'High-Rise' Talk With Ben Wheatley Plus New Posters & Photos

1 March 2016 1:59 PM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

If you're looking for something a little unhinged, Ben Wheatley's "High-Rise" will be one to keep on your radar. His adaptation of J.G. Ballard's novel is a unique experience, one that brings the chaos fully to life with a star-studded cast. Read More: Tiff Review: Ben Wheatley's 'High-Rise' Starring Tom Hiddleston, Sienna Miller, Luke Evans & Elisabeth Moss The director recently stopped by Empire to talk about this upcoming movie, which sees Tom Hiddleston lead the way as a man who moves into a luxury building, only to see it descend into madness. It's a pretty scathing critique on the class differences in Britain, and as a film, it's Wheatley's most ambitious effort yet. Co-starring  Jeremy IronsSienna MillerLuke EvansElisabeth MossStacy Martin, and James Purefoy, it opens in the U.K. on March 18th and in the U.S. later this year. The »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Will Robert Pattinson’s Childhood of a Leader See Light of Day in U.S.? (video)

24 February 2016 8:31 AM, PST | TheImproper.com | See recent TheImproper.com news »

Robert Pattinson has tended to gravitate toward eccentric roles since his “Twilight” days, and he explores another strangely existential character in his World War I drama, “The Childhood of a Leader.” The question is will anyone ever get to see it in the United States? The movie stars a largely international cast that includes Bérénice Bejo, Liam Cunningham, Stacy Martin and Yolande Moreau. ...Read More »

- Keith Girard

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Gone Girl Alum Emily Ratajkowski Boards In Darkness With Natalie Dormer

19 February 2016 9:43 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Gone Girl actress Emily Ratajkowski has enlisted for Anthony Byrne’s revenge thriller, In Darkness.

Deadline has the scoop, confirming that the model-cum-actress will star opposite Stacy Martin, Ed Skrein (Deadpool) and Game of ThronesNatalie Dormer in the film, one set to chronicle the journey of a blind musician called Sophia who is (Dormer) pulled into London’s seedy criminal underbelly upon hearing of a brutal murder in a neighbouring apartment.

Evoking similarities to Terence Young’s 1967 drama Wait Until Dark, In Darkness is pitched as a psychological thriller in which Ratajkowski will portray Veronique, the tormented daughter of a mobster who becomes pivotal to Sophia’s quest for revenge. The gangster known as Radic serves as the film’s chief antagonist and the one pulling the strings behind the homicide, though it appears the studio is yet to announce casting details for the villainous role.

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- Michael Briers

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Emily Ratajkowski Joins Cast Of ‘In Darkness’ Opposite Natalie Dormer And Ed Skrein

19 February 2016 6:59 AM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Emily Ratajkowski has boarded the cast of Anthony Byrne's thriller In Darkness. The film stars Game Of ThronesNatalie Dormer, along with Deadpool‘s Ed Skrein and Stacy Martin (Nymphomanic Vol. 1). Dormer and Byrne co-wrote the script. The film is a psychological revenge thriller about blind musician Sophia’s (Dormer) who gets pulled into London's dark underbelly after she hears a murder committed in the apartment above her. Ratajkowski plays Veronique, the… »

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Brady Corbet's 'Childhood Of A Leader' secures UK deal

9 February 2016 11:19 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Metrodome strikes for Venice debut starring Berenice Bejo and Robert Pattinson.

Metrodome Distribution has acquired Brady Corbet’s mystery-drama The Childhood Of A Leader for all UK and Ireland rights from Protagonist Pictures.

Metrodome is due to release theatrically in August 2016.

The deal was negotiated between George Hamilton for Protagonist Pictures and Giles Edwards, head of acquisitions for Metrodome.

Written by actor-director Corbet (Simon Killer) and Mona Fastvold (The Sleepwalker), the Venice debut stars Berenice Bejo (The Artist), Robert Pattinson (The Twilight Saga), Stacy Martin (Nymphomaniac), Liam Cunningham (Game Of Thrones) and Yolande Moreau (Amelie).

Producers are Chris Coen (Funny Games), Ron Curtis, Antoine de Clermont-Tonnerre, Helena Danielsson and Istvan Major.

In The Childhood Of A Leader an American family settles into the French countryside at the end of the First World War, where the father (Liam Cunningham) is involved in the peace negotiations around the Treaty of Versailles. His wife (Bérénice Bejo »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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