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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.


Brady Corbet


Brady Corbet (screenplay), Mona Fastvold
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Credited cast:
Bérénice Bejo ... The Mother
Liam Cunningham ... The Father
Stacy Martin ... The Teacher
Robert Pattinson ... Charles / The Leader
Tom Sweet ... Prescott, the boy
Rebecca Dayan ... Edith
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Luca Bercovici ... Older Foreign Gentleman
Jacques Boudet Jacques Boudet ... The priest
Caroline Boulton ... Mr. Advisors Secretary
Sophie Lane Curtis ... Laura (as Sophie Curtis)
Michael Epp ... Economist
Roderick Hill ... Older American Gentleman
Patrick McCullough Patrick McCullough
Yolande Moreau ... Mona
Andrew Osterreicher Andrew Osterreicher ... Mr. Secretary


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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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 »


Box Office


$3,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?


This film marks the second collaboration between screenwriters Brady Corbet and Mona Fastvold, having collaborated in the screenplay for The Sleepwalker. The difference between this two collaborations is that Fastvold directed The Sleepwalker and Corbet directed this one. See more »


Prescott's mother writes the French address on an envelope with a modern five-digit postcode. But France has had postcodes only since 1964, and the current five-digit ones only since 1972. See more »


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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19 August 2016 | by Mark DomenicoSee all my reviews

In 1939 Jean Paul Sartre wrote a short story named "Childhood of a Leader", that deals with identity, sexuality and its relation to fascism.

Corbet's "loose adaptation" of "Childhood of a Leader" is indeed very loose. All the Freudian and identity elements that formed the core of Sartre's short piece were discarded, and whatever was left ( not much ) was then watered down into a full feature film.

You can feel it throughout.

Photography and acting are really good. Had this been turned into short film instead, I'm sure my review would've been much different.

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