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Partisan (2015)

Not Rated | | Drama, Thriller | 2 October 2015 (USA)
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Alexander, a boy who has been raised in a sequestered commune, finds that his increasing unwillingness to fall in line puts him on a collision course with Gregori, the society's charismatic and domineering leader.

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Ariel Kleiman
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Vincent Cassel ... Gregori
Florence Mezzara ... Susanna
Esther Blaser-Tokarev Esther Blaser-Tokarev ... Nurse
Charlotte Miller Charlotte Miller ... Baby Alexander / Baby Martin
Jeremy Chabriel ... Alexander
Katalin Hegedus Katalin Hegedus ... Magdalena
Daniel Vernikovski Daniel Vernikovski ... Andre
Samuel Eydlish Samuel Eydlish ... Ruben
Csenge Birloni Csenge Birloni ... Ruth
Sapidah Kian Sapidah Kian ... Maria
Zsofia Stavropoulos Zsofia Stavropoulos ... Bella
Viviana Martinez Viviana Martinez ... Sophia
Alexander Dahlberg Alexander Dahlberg ... Nicholas
Anna Eydlish Anna Eydlish ... Irene
Natalia Gorbacheva Natalia Gorbacheva ... Sylvia
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Alexander, a boy who has been raised in a sequestered commune, finds that his increasing unwillingness to fall in line puts him on a collision course with Gregori, the society's charismatic and domineering leader.

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A World within will not sustain the will to freedom.

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Drama | Thriller

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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

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2 October 2015 (USA) See more »

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Partizán See more »

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Scary Utopia, brilliant acting.
29 September 2015 | by jdesandoSee all my reviews

A sequestered commune is the setting for Ariel Kleiman's disturbing story about 11-year-old Alexander (Jeremy Chabriel), whose father, Gregori (Vincent Cassell) teaches him a life to be divorced from mainstream life, except when Alexander efficiently murders for money. The joy of the communers juxtaposed with their terrible assignments points up the film's allegorical comment on the danger of isolationism.

The film points out the ironic Christ-like parallel as Gregori carries wood across his shoulders to begin building a home for his children and harem. The contrast between his love for his life and the horrid tasks for the children is obvious and a telling comment on the dangers of messianic obsession.

A couple of the young boys, including Alexander, rebel against Alexander's tyranny and become objects of deep concern for Gregori. Even an unauthorized candy bar could be trouble. Mostly, though, it's the natural contrariness of youths, exacerbated by the limiting confines of a closed community, that leads Alexander to begin straying.

While Kleiman leaves out the spiritual development of the commune, especially with so many women complying, and definitely leaves the audience hanging at the end, the film is successful showing a productive closed society, a Utopia if you will, the downside appearing as a dark stain not easily expunged.


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