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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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It might be considered arch for a young first-timer to release a movie with this title, but Corbet has earned the right to be precocious. What an exciting debut.
This is not always a subtle film, but its spooky mood leaves a strong impression.
This is a director's showcase and Corbet, with the support of a superb tech team (especially composer Scott Walker) impresses and fascinates.
The Childhood of a Leader is a dark and creepy work, flawed but ambitious and well worth seeing.
Studious in its homages to somber masters past and present, The Childhood Of A Leader pulls out intriguing moments whenever it threatens to turn repetitious.
All dread all the time, and rich enough in mood that you may be inclined to forgive the familiarity of its narrative trajectory and anchoring psychology.
The nightmarish epilogue is a striking and terrifying collage of shots from disorientating angles -- conveying collusion, confusion, messianic adulation and menace in an unnamed nation.
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.
How a kid becomes a fascist.
Demands that kind of close attention, and rewards it as well.
Sudden lens strobe and Scott Walker's sawing score connect the character to the tumult of 20th century Europe, suggesting the child is its destructive heir, and the film climaxes with a remarkable final sequence
The problem with the film is that it promises more than it delivers.
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