The Childhood of a Leader

The Childhood of a Leader

Brady Corbet (2015)

12A Certificate
Thu 11 Jun 6:50pm - 9pm AMC
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This challenging psychodrama, with a small but much-hyped role for Robert Pattinson, chronicles the childhood experiences of a future dictator. Beginning with a blast of ferocious orchestral music, it takes place at the end of the First World War, focusing on an affluent family who have recently moved to a large house just outside Paris. The father (Liam Cunningham) is always busy with his work as an aide to American president Woodrow Wilson - there to sign the Treaty of Versailles - leaving his German wife (Bérénice Bejo of The Artist) to discipline their seven-year-old son (Tom Sweet). As time passes, the boy becomes increasingly wilful and defiant, resulting in an ongoing power struggle between him and his parents. This is where the film is most effective, with Sweet providing a disquieting performance as the little sociopath at the centre of the story. Actor-turned-director Brady Corbet (who also co-wrote the script) sets a pace that may be too deliberate for some viewers, and there are times when you feel as though very little is happening, but this is a bold, uncompromising film that gradually takes a hold.


Ignored by his distant, disciplinarian parents, youngster Prescott develops into an ego-driven brat whose behaviour becomes increasingly unsettling. Psychological drama, starring Berenice Bejo, Liam Cunningham, Stacy Martin and Tom Sweet.

Cast & Crew

Mother Bérénice Bejo
Father Liam Cunningham
Charles Robert Pattinson
Teacher Stacy Martin
Maid Yolande Moreau
Prescott Tom Sweet
Laura Sophie Curtis
Mr Advisor's secretary Caroline Boulton
Edith Rebecca Dayan
The priest Jacques Boudet
Director Brady Corbet
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: MetrodomeAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 19 Aug 2016
Drama Arts