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

Director:

Brady Corbet

Writers:

Mona Fastvold (screenplay), Brady Corbet (screenplay)
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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 ... The Priest
Robert Pattinson ... Charles / The Leader
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 Scott Alexander Young ... Counselor (as Scott A Young)
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Storyline

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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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 »

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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I'm Always Chasing Rainbows
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Written by Harry Carroll and Joseph McCarthy
Performed by Harry Fox
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An absurd adaption of Sartre's story on Stalin and Hitler like character development
10 July 2019 | by random-70778See all my reviews

Really this is a terrible film. It is ostensibly based on Sartre's "Childhood of a leader" about a child who grows up to be a Stalin or Hitler like character. The problems with this film derive from the maker veering off of Sartre's narrative -- because they clearly did not understand what Sartre was doing.

First of all the disciplinary conditions as well as the "seen but not heard" views of children's roles were typical for that period, and in fact the great majority of the population did not turn out to be fascist or socialist/communist leaders


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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

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USA | Canada | UK | France | Hungary | Belgium

Language:

English | French | German

Release Date:

22 July 2016 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Hungary See more »

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Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$245,546
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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