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The Childhood of a Leader (2016)



Critic Consensus: The Childhood of a Leader mirrors the rise of fascism in post-WWI Europe with a well-acted, confidently crafted look at one young man's unsettling coming of age.

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A child's angelic face conceals a budding sociopath in the audacious, senses-shattering feature debut from actor Brady Corbet. A powerhouse international cast led by Robert Pattinson and Bérénice Bejo (The Artist) headlines this dark domestic nightmare. Set amidst the turmoil of World War I and its aftermath, it follows the young son of an American diplomat living in France as he learns to manipulate the adults around him-a monstrous coming of age that ominously parallels the rising tide of Fascism in Europe. A stylistically fearless tour-de-force, The Childhood of a Leader reaches fever-pitch delirium thanks to ravishing cinematography and a thunderous score by legendary, boundary-pushing musician Scott Walker.

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Bérénice Bejo
as The Mother
Liam Cunningham
as The Father
Stacy Martin
as The Teacher
Jacques Boudet
as The Priest
Robert Pattinson
as Charles/The Leader
Tom Sweet
as Prescott, The Boy
Michael Epp
as Economist
Kata Petõ
as Housemaid
Mark Phelan
as Mr. Advisor
Jeremy Wheeler
as Mr. Deputy
Roderick Hill
as Older American Gentleman
Luca Bercovici
as Older Foreign Gentleman
Máté Haumann
as Second Clerk
Blanka Gyorfy
as Toth-Stage Narrator
Attila Bardóczy
as Parishoner 1
Attila Tóth
as Parishoner 2
Adelaide Fastvold
as Corbet-Baby
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All Critics (66) | Top Critics (26)

While a more allegorical approach may have provided a shallower sense of satisfaction, it is the deliberate ambiguities of Childhood of a Leader that house its lasting, more enduring and inescapably disturbing impact.

August 25, 2018 | Full Review…

The problem with the film is that it promises more than it delivers.

March 17, 2017 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

The Childhood of a Leader signals a fascinating new talent in art cinema: the actor Brady Corbet.

October 10, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Childhood is less a j'accuse than a bad, half-remembered dream about history.

September 6, 2016 | Full Review…

The film, shot in very dark hues, has a sombre power and twisted humour about it that is only accentuated by its elliptical narrative style.

August 25, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Never dull.

August 21, 2016 | Full Review…

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