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The Childhood of a Leader (2015)

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

Director:

Brady Corbet

Writers:

Mona Fastvold (screenplay), Brady Corbet (screenplay)
5 wins & 12 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bérénice Bejo ... The Mother
Liam Cunningham ... The Father
Stacy Martin ... The Teacher
Yolande Moreau ... Mona
Jacques Boudet Jacques Boudet ... The Priest
Robert Pattinson ... Charles / The Leader
Tom Sweet Tom Sweet ... Prescott, the Boy
Sophie Lane Curtis ... Laura (as Sophie Curtis)
Rebecca Dayan ... Edith
Michael Epp ... Economist
Kata Petõ Kata Petõ ... Housemaid
Mark C. Phelan Mark C. Phelan ... Mr. Advisor (as Mark Phelan)
Jeremy Wheeler ... Mr. Deputy
Andrew Osterreicher Andrew Osterreicher ... Mr. Secretary
Scott Alexander Young ... Counselor (as Scott A Young)
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This chilling fable about the rise of fascism in the 20th Century tells the story of a young American boy living in France in 1918 whose father is working for the US government on the creation of the Treaty of Versailles. What he witnesses helps to mould his beliefs - and we witness the birth of a terrifying ego. Loosely inspired by the early childhood experiences of many of the great dictators of the 20th Century and infused with the same sense of dread as The Others and The Omen, The Childhood of a Leader is an ominous portrait of emerging evil. Written by Protagonist Pictures

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Witness the birth of a terrifying ego

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Drama

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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

USA | Canada | UK | France | Hungary | Belgium

Language:

English | French | German

Release Date:

22 July 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Infância de Um Líder See more »

Filming Locations:

Hungary See more »

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Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The final scene of the film was shot on the first day. See more »

Goofs

It's Christmas Mass time in the church scene, but the priest wears black vestments, which are proper in the Catholic Church only for funerals. See more »

Quotes

Charles: The tragedy is not only that Pontius Pilate betrayed his self but that hundreds in the crowd before him did betray their selves. And that's what I wrote was the tragedy of war. Not that one man has the courage to be evil but that so many have not the courage to be good.
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Performed by Harry Fox
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Well Intended Misfire
28 September 2016 | by zacknaboSee all my reviews

Brady Corbet has assimilated many wonderful visual styles which he has picked up over the past several years working with master directors such as Von Trier and Haneke, but this is all Corbet has accomplished. Reappropriating stunning visual film language does not a good director make, because used haphazardly the images lose their ominous, dark tone and are instead replaced with empty somewhat pretentious images that have nothing story or acting wise holding it up. So all we are left is a misfire. While Corbet is similar to another young director, Xavier Dolan, in that they are trapped exercising their personal influences, Dolan has more innate talent. I would say that Corbet's command of the camera at times is promising. The sad part is he has a great skeleton but no meat and few functioning organs. The performances are a bit flat, though they are only working with what they are giving. Bejo is tiresome and Pattinson is...Pattinson. The best scene is in the beginning where the young boy gets in trouble with snowballs, a possible reference to Abel Gance's Napoleon. Corbet like Napoleon is undone by his ambition. But I do wish more directors were this ambitious in their debuts. If nothing else Corbet swung for the fences...and he should know better: nobody does Haneke better than Haneke.


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