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Partisan

98 minutes 2015

This maddeningly vague Australian art movie takes place on the communal grounds of some sort of hermetic cult consisting of a few dozen women and children and a charismatic male leader (Vincent Cassel). The story unfolds mainly from the perspective of an 11-year-old boy who comes to realize that the leader may not be the nice guy he purports to be. Writer-director Ariel Kleiman, making his feature debut after a half dozen shorts, plays out his ideas early on, then treads water for the remainder of the film with endless variations on earlier scenes (his favorite shows the leader losing his cool while reprimanding a child). Even the unexpected murders fail to break up the monotony.

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