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Partisan (2015)

15 | | Drama, Thriller | 8 January 2016 (UK)
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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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Esther Blaser-Tokarev ...
Nurse
Charlotte Miller ...
Baby Alexander / Baby Martin
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Katalin Hegedus ...
Magdalena
Daniel Vernikovski ...
Andre
Samuel Eydlish ...
Ruben
Csenge Birloni ...
Ruth
Sapidah Kian ...
Maria
Zsofia Stavropoulos ...
Bella
Viviana Martinez ...
Sophia
Alexander Dahlberg ...
Nicholas
Anna Eydlish ...
Irene
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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Waltz in B Minor, Op 62, no. 2
Written by Frédéric Chopin
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Bleak, dystopian tale of one man's own created world
24 January 2016 | by See all my reviews

Vincent Cassel stars in this Australian film as Gregori. He has a harem of women who all have children – mostly it would appear – with him as the father. They live in an isolated community where they seem to lead a happy life with the children learning yet enjoying their childhood. Gregori is the only man. His eldest son is Alexander and at first we see true paternal love and the reflected devotion.

However, all is not as it seems as we learn that the outside world is not a nice place and Gregori is training his children to be 'hit men' or hit kids more appropriately. As Alexander learns more of the world forbidden to him he slowly starts to question what his father's motives are and their way of life.

Now this is extremely well made being in part made by Animal Kingdom 'It Follows' fame. The actors all seem to be unknowns but all do brilliant jobs of what was a very physical film in terms of what is expected. Cassel is just as good in an English language role as he is in his native French and puts in a stellar performance. The plot was apparently inspired by child soldiers of Colombia. It is a very thoughtful film and despite the violent undertones is actually fairly responsible in avoiding the actual gore but still addressing the issues head on. It has had mixed reviews but I for one found that it stayed with me long after having seen it – which is always a good thing. This is for people who like to think about their films and who appreciate an original film delivered in a realistic way.


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