Stacy Martin in “Childhood of a Leader”

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What does the childhood of a future totalitarian dictator look like? If you’ve ever asked yourself this question, then you might want to take a look at Brady Corbet’s debut film, “Childhood of a Leader,” an ensemble drama loosely inspired by Jean-Paul Sartre’s 1939 short story of the same name. Starring Vs. cover girl, Stacy Martin, the film traces a series of what could only be called [very] extreme tantrums by the youth in question, Prescott. It is 1918, and the Treaty of Versailles has just been signed, effectively ending the First World War. The son of a chief diplomat and a religious fanatic, Prescott is painted as a lonely child whose childhood marks the beginning of his development into an egotistical, fascist leader. Focusing on the psychoanalysis and development of the young boy as well as the detached parenting that contributes to his maniacal behavior, the film parses through the mind and experiences of a would-be megalomaniac in cherubic form – it might be wise to bring someone along for the ride.