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Well-acted and suitably chilling, Partisan is a dark drama whose confident craft may offer enough for some viewers to look past its flaws.



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On the edge of a crumbling city, 11-year-old Alexander (Jeremy Chabriel) lives in a sequestered commune alongside other children, their mothers, and charismatic leader, Gregori (Vincent Cassel). Gregori teaches the children how to raise livestock, grow vegetables, work as a community - and how to kill. With the birth of a new baby brother weighing on his mind, Alexander begins to question Gregori's overpowering influence on the children and their training to become assassins. Threatened by his increasing unwillingness to fall in line, Gregori's behavior turns erratic and adversarial toward the child he once considered a son. With the two set dangerously at odds and the commune's way of life disintegrating, the residents fear a violent resolution is at hand in this Sundance award-winning thriller.


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  • Oddly underpowered, anticlimactic and torpidly acted ...

    Jan 7, 2016 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • There's some decent technical stuff here, but the story's a big ol' bust.

    Jan 7, 2016 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • A film trying so hard to upend expectations that it loses itself in the process.

    Jan 6, 2016 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Jeremy Chabriel is arresting as the increasingly uneasy youngster, and director and co-writer Ariel Kleiman proves adept at both world-building and attention-focusing.

    Oct 8, 2015 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • It's hard to tell if director and co-writer Ariel Kleiman is being serious or sarcastic with a story this preposterous.

    Oct 4, 2015 | Full Review…
  • A moody drama that employs a dystopian-type premise that is not too far afield from a typical young-adult book series although with loftier aspirations and a less propulsive pace.

    Oct 2, 2015 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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