The Childhood of a Leader (2015)

2015-childhood-of-a-leader-movie-film-cinema-poster-artThis stunning debut in auteurist filmmaking by actor-turned-director Brady Corbet is a snapshot in the life of a 10-year-old boy whose father is an American diplomat involved in the formation of the Treaty of Versailles, a peace treaty ratified in France in 1919 which ended the state of war between Germany and the Allied Powers.

Newcomer Tom Sweet plays the astute little boy whose antisocial and manipulative behaviour, if left unchecked by his authoritarian parents, forbodes the rise of a megalomaniac.

You can find more information on this film on Wikipedia and IMDb. However, we recommend against reading spoilers or watching trailers (such as the one below) before watching a film; they almost always diminish the dramatic impact storytellers aspire to achieve.



Title: The Childhood of a Leader

Year released: 2015

Languages: English, French

Director: Brady Corbet

Screenplay: Brady Corbet, Mona Fastvold

Loosely based on: Jean-Paul Sartre’s short story The Childhood of a Leader (1939) and John Fowles’ The Magus (1965)

Cinematographer: Lol Crawley

Editor: Dávid Jancsó

Score: Scott Walker

Stars: Tom Sweet, Stacy Martin, Liam Cunningham, Robert Pattinson, Bérénice Bejo

Full cast and roles



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Hi there! I hope you like some of Wonderful Cinema's recommendations. Please leave us a comment and recommend a film or two for us to watch. Thanks and all the best, Shimky.


  1. Nice to see you back, Shimky!
    I didn’t know about this film, so now you have me intrigued.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  2. I was on the lookout for a blog like yours! Today is my lucky day 🙂

  3. Hi, Shimky. Have you given up blogging? Your absences are getting longer…
    Cheers, Pete.

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