Partisan

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5.81 h 37 min201413+
Raised to become an assassin, 11-year-old Alexander begins to question the ways of the cult-like commune he was born into, pitting him against father figure and leader Gregori (Vincent Cassell) in this Sundance award-winning thriller.
Directors
Ariel Kleiman
Starring
Vincent CasselJeremy ChabrielFlorence Mezzara
Genres
SuspenseDrama
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English [CC]
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English
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Anna McLeishSarah Shaw
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Animal Kingdom
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3.5 out of 5 stars

251 global ratings

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buen chapinReviewed in the United States on March 29, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Disturbing and huntingly impressive, WOW!
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Gut wrenching and riveting psychological drama of a god-like sociopath in his secluded utopian cult and a child, unwittingly indoctrinated to kill, who finally dares to confront the patriarch regarding his sick ideology, after a life changing experience ! For the record. This is not a movie made to entertain the general public, it is a movie intended for clever viewers how like to -think, analyse and interact with the plot-. There are basically to types of movies: those you watch for no good reason, just for the viewing pleasure and those in which you use your brain to think and feel. Partisan is the latter! An excellent psychological "thriller".! Unfortunately, it has been extremely down rated. Indeed, it is not a waste of time, it is slow pased for a purpose. It is disturbing, because the average public thinks of movies as some magical, cheesy, moralistic, high action, Hollywoodian nonsense. This is not the case with Partisan, it reveals the dark reality of a decadent society and the methods for survival for a disturbed, messianic emotional blackmailer, and of how his ideals backfire at the end. And by the way, the last scene of the movie is mesmerizing; very common in foreign films. They have open endings and they leave the interpretation up to the viewers' thoughts and imagination. Not the typical sweet eased -happy end- of most hollywood's productions. Watch Partisan with an open mind and try to put yourself in the shoes of the characters and what their lives must be like. I'm sure, you'll enjoy the experience of a profound and fascinating 5 star drama.
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jklReviewed in the United States on June 29, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Dark and fascinating....
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Nice slow burn to a fantastic ending. The development of the main child is just fascinating to watch. And how many hippie assassin commune films are there?
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Amazon customerReviewed in the United States on March 25, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
but was really disgusting when it is eluded that Gregory may have dispatched ...
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Partisan is defined as a force of resistance to an occupying or invading army. Not very applicable in this film, has some semblance of the village. The economy for the commune including jewelry and functional currency specifically not for use but handed out anyway, would suggest that a group or commune of the elders chose to separate from their civilization, for their safety based on prior traumatic experiences. The scar on one lady's thigh, Gregory's tears that show during the first karaoke scene when the hardest thing to do is sung, and the lady's death of her brother outside their family apartment. It is not post apocalyptic as there were functional tv broadcasts and mechanic shops, and markets. Just a commune kept afloat trading contracts signed in blood for essential items, either functional for community or to further the manipulative agenda of Gregory. The apartments stylistic 60-70 era soviet apartments as you can see the resemblance of them to Prypyat. The Psychological aspects are entertaining, but was really disgusting when it is eluded that Gregory may have dispatched Leo and his Mother when the false claims of finding the feather that Leo likes, and he is not really troubled but neurologically atypical.
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JPMORGAN62Reviewed in the United States on January 30, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Love the ending
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Intriguing drama in a country with no economic stimulus! Imagine that! No jobs, no police, no services! Just people having to fend for them selves. This movie is about the next generation being trained to survive and overcome the brutal challenges that lay before them. However, the next generation may have an idea or two of their own of what they should be doing. Love the ending, causing you to see how precarious life can be. I believe it is filmed in Eastern Europe, maybe Georgia.
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HalimaReviewed in the United States on June 23, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
WOW!
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I could not look away. this is the most interesting, and stunning film that I have seen in a long time. The child actor in this movie is going to be a huge star one day. Amazing and all the credit goes to that young kid. His eyes made this whole thing happen.
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Reader XReviewed in the United States on July 7, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
You will love it or hate it
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An interesting 'What if?' scenario dexterously explored. It took me a while to realized that the boy was not coming home after school with books in his backpack. Then it got weirder and more believable. By the end I thought the story was plausible.
AnastasiaReviewed in the United States on June 22, 2020
2.0 out of 5 stars
WTF was that?
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The only thing I ask myself after watching this movie is what drugs were these people on when they made this movie
Paul AragonReviewed in the United States on April 17, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Three stars is not enough!
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Whoa! Three stars, only. "Partisan" is an incredibly realistic movie about a cult leader and his freaky family dynamic that will make your skin crawl all night long. If you have ever been around members of cults, you may recognize some of their common antics that are expertly brought to the screen by the cast of this movie. I would hang this movie poster in my house with pride, and my wife might just let me, because she liked it, too.

SPOILER ALERT:

If you can't decide what happened in the end, look at the cotton in that baby's ears.
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