mercredi 9 septembre 2015

'The Childhood of a Leader': First Reviews following the Press Screening at the Venice Film Festival

'The Childhood of a Leader': Les Premiers Avis sur le Film suite à la Projection Presse Au Festival de Venise

Update: Added reviews at the end of the post




Ça ne ressemble en rien à ce que vous avez pu voir avant, le premier film en tant que réalisateur de l'acteur-rédacteur-scénariste Brady Corbet est un drame psychologique histrique, ou peut-être un drame historique de la psychanalysequi dessine une étude de la montée du fascisme à partir des crises de colère d'un jeune garçon capricieux et de ses luttes pour le pouvoir. Avec pour toile de fond la conférence de paix de Paris en 1919 qui a conduit au traité de Versailles, L'Enfance d'un chef est aussi implacablement sombre et convaincant que la bande-son orchestrale du film par le musicien musicien Scott Walker est remarquable. (...)
Une séquence finale saisissante, filmée de manière impressionnante, située dans le futur, qui ne répond pas forcément aux questions et en pose de nouvelles. (...) Associé avec la photographie atmosphérique en 35mm du britannique DoP Lol Crawley et de la direction pleine d'assurance de Corbet avec un excellent casting, ce film est un mélange poétique avant-gardiste avec la puissance dramatique d'un bon cauchemar.
En essayant de décrire la montée du fascisme en Europe entre les deux guerres mondiales à travers l'histoire d'un petit garçon capricieux, le sombre et rêveur L'Enfance d'un chef ne peut qu'être jugé extraordinairement trop ambitieux. Ce premier long métrage du réalisateur américain Brady Corbet de 27 ans combine un beau casting européen, une direction artistique grandiose et une bande son tonitruante par Scott Walker, mais le résultat est un méli-mélo embarrassant qui est très difficile à suivre. On ne peut que se demander quel avenir attend ce film après son passage dans la section Horizons à Venise, et une brève apparition de Robert Pattinson est peu susceptible de changer son avenir.
Via The Film Stage:
Le premier long métrage du jeune acteur devenu scénariste-réalisateur Brady Corbet, l'Enfance d'un chef est un choix ambitieux pour un premier projet - un film d'époque liant à la fois le climat politique post seconde guerre mondiale et l'éducation d'un enfant dans un château en dehors de Paris. Le film, dont l'avant-première à eu lieu à la Mostra de Venise dans la section Orizzonti, est un énorme jeu d'équilibre et tour de force psychologique qui pourraient s'effondrer à chaque moment, et pourtant ça n'arrive jamais.
(...) Ce qui pourrait très facilement être perçu comme un premier long métrage agaçant et prétentieux est en fait une manifestation de folie contrôlée pleine de touches astucieuses, comme l'utilisation du personnage de Robert Pattinson dans les quelques scènes où il apparait. Espérons juste que ses fans dévoués qu'il emmène en territoire inexploré depuis quelques années, réussiront à regarder ce film jusqu'à la fin.
Via Cine Vue:
The Childhood of a Leader est une œuvre sombre et énigmatique qui oscille entre une grandeur visionnaire et une bagatelle domestique insignifiante. Ce passage inaugural de Corbet derrière la caméra marque un début magnifique et le meilleur film à Venise jusqu'à présent.

Traduction Pattinson Art Work

English version after the cut




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Tweets:

@rotovisor: #Venezia72 The Childhood Of A Leader. Sumptuous horror story. Luncheons and dragons. Flamboyant debut by Brady Corbet. #Orizzonti

@mmiedl: Brady Corbet's utterly confusing yet compelling CHILDHOOD OF A LEADER very likely has best soundtrack of #Venezia72 (by Scott Walker)

@MizzBritLauren: Childhood of a Leader is brilliant! 🇮🇹 #Venezia72 #VeniceFilmFestival

@KetchumAtMovies: #ChildhoodOfALeader: Robert Pattinson shines in this incredible directorial debut. Really hope it finds distribution soon. #Venezia72

 ‏@carmen_gray: THE CHILDHOOD OF A LEADER elegant, gloomy, exceeds expectations. thanks to arendt and musil in credits not so overblown #Venezia72

@studioexec1: Childhood of a Leader. The resistible rise of a brat tyrant.  Best of the #Venezia72 so far @CineVue

@OysteinEgge: Corbet's beautiful/disturbing mind,  CHILDHOOD OF A LEADER a mighty feat, classy cinematography and Walkers theme! #Venezia72 4/5

@drjonty: The Childhood of a Leader like punk Ibsen set post WW 1 with a stunning orchestral score by Scott Walker, @CineVue

@kinoljubov: The childhood of a leader di Corbet tra alti e bassi è un film potente e affascinante. E Pattinson, nel suo piccolo, sa recitare. #Venezia72 =>The childhood of a leader of Corbet through thick and thin is a powerful and fascinating movie. And Pattinson, in a small part, he can act.

@Domkam: B. corbet's CHILDHOOD OF A LEADER, with fantastic scott-walker-score. film is ambitious, but overfraught as political parable. #Venezia72

@marcoduse: #Venezia72 #THECHILDHOODOFALEADER Affascinante e densa parabola fantapolitica. Grande colonna sonora. =># Venezia72 #THECHILDHOODOFALEADER Charming and dense political parable fiction. Great soundtrack.

@mathilde4: Robert Pattinson is giving a grown up performance in the childhood of the leader #RobertPattinson #childhoodofaleader #venicefilmfestival

@marcoduse: The more I think about it, the more I find #TheChildhoodOfALeader an incredibly intense film. This is what film #festivals are for #Venice72

@jokamojo: Childhood of a Leader is fabulous filmmaking. Should have been in comp. A terrifying film with a stonking score #Venezia72 @HeyUGuys 


@EdGibbs: Deliriously barmy, Brady Corbet's #TheChildhoodOfALeader tops list from past 24 hrs at #venice72 Scott Walker score is a hypnotic riot 

@rotovisor: #Venezia72 The Childhood Of A Leader. Sumptuous horror story. Luncheons and dragons. Flamboyant debut by Brady Corbet. #Orizzonti

@aabwpg: Word outta Venice (from @JonathanRomney) is that Scott Walker's score for CHILDHOOD OF A LEADER is "astonishing."

@IdeologicOrgan: Scott Walker's score for Corbet's "Childhood of a Leader" relentless tyrannical beautiful. Totally charged by the listen. Bravo! #Venezia72



Like nothing you’ve quite seen before, US actor-editor-scriptwriter Brady Corbet’s directorial debut is a historical psychodrama, or perhaps a drama of historical psychoanalysis, which draws a study of the rise of fascism out of a wilful young boy’s tantrums and power struggles. Set against the background of the 1919 Paris peace conference that led to the Treaty of Versailles, The Childhood Of A Leader is as relentlessly sombre and compelling as the film’s remarkable, full-volume orchestral soundtrack by musician’s musician Scott Walker.(...)
A striking, impressionistically filmed final sequence set some time in the future doesn’t so much answer these questions as pose new ones. Here Walker’s full orchestral soundtrack rises to a deafening pitch, mixing brass punches and string-section yelps into its driving, jackboot march. In combination with British DoP Lol Crawley’s atmospheric 35mm photography and Corbet’s assured direction of an excellent cast, it makes for an edgy, poetic mix with the dramatic potency of a good nightmare.
Attempting to describe the rise of fascism in Europe between the two world wars as a parable about a wayward little boy, the dark and dreamy The Childhood of a Leader can only be called extraordinarily over-ambitious. This first feature by 27-year-old American director Brady Corbet combines a fine Euro cast, grandiose art direction and a thundering score by Scott Walker, but the result is an embarrassing hodgepodge that’s very hard to follow. One can only wonder what future awaits it after its bow in the Horizons sidebar in Venice, and a brief cameo by Robert Pattinson is unlikely to change its fortunes.
From The Film Stage:
The feature debut from young actor turned screenwriter-director Brady Corbet, The Childhood of a Leader is an ambitious choice for a first project — a period piece tying together the post-WWI political climate and the upbringing of a child in a chateau outside Paris. The film, premiering in the Orizzonti section of the Venice Film Festival, is a huge psychological and tonal balancing act that could crumble at each turn, and yet never does.
(...) What could very easily be received as an irritating, pretentious feature debut is actually a display of controlled madness full of astute touches, like the use of Robert Pattinson’s persona in the few scenes he’s in. Let’s just hope the devoted fanbase he’s been leading into uncharted territory in the last few years will make it to the end of this one.
From Cine Vue:
The Childhood of a Leader is a dark, enigmatic piece of work that hovers between visionary greatness and petty domestic triviality. Corbet's inaugural stint behind the camera marks a stunning debut and the finest film at Venice thus far.
From HeyUGuys:
Brady Corbet has already forged a pretty good career as an actor, appearing in a range of commendable films from Melancholia to Martha Marcy May Marlene. In Venice he makes his directorial feature debut with The Childhood of a Leader, and what an explosive and thrilling debut it is.
(...) Their only friend is the widower journalist (Robert Pattinson) in a deceptively small role.
(...) Scott Walker’s score is one of the main characters in the film, the ominous booming overture a portent of what’s to come.
(...) In a festival that has thus far served up fairly tame films, particularly in competition, an overly ambitious director is precisely what I wanted to see and I look forward to his next directorial venture.
From Examiner:
This was a most unusual and profoundly artistic film by Brady Corbet. It is a strong candidate for a top prize in the Orizzonti competition dedicated to films with the latest aesthetic and expressive trends in international cinema. This is such a film, clearly the best I have seen in Venice after six days of films.
(...) It is up to the imagination of the spectator to assemble the pieces of Corbet’s film, but they form an organic whole and there are no questions that remain. Brady Corbet has made a masterpiece
No guts, no glory. Actor Brady Corbet flings himself off the cliff of his directorial debut with a defiant disregard for safety or convention that is startling, admirable and exceptionally unusual to see from a neophyte filmmaker. (...)
Alternating immense bombast with long stretches of longueur in its psychologically questionable evocation of the formative years of a future despot, the film is formally confident, stylistically inventive and intensely irritating…it is far from the best film in Venice, but it is certainly the loudest.
(...) all we can be really sure of, is that “Childhood of a Leader” is not quite something good, but it is quite something


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