Sunday, January 25, 2015

Sundance 2015: 'Partisan' Review

In Partisan, Vincent Cassel plays the leader of a closed-off community that preaches utopian principles while training its children to assassinate random targets in the nearby city. This Sundance offering, the feature debut of filmmaker Ariel Kleiman, has an intelligent, measured calm that's nicely unsettling. But the story's real focus is on Cassel's character and one of the community's children (a superb Jeremy Chabriel) who begins to stand up to him. I reviewed the film for Screen International.