One of the most commanding screen presences going, it’s not often we see Vincent Cassel in a leading role on this side of the pond. The French actor has a healthy career at home, and when he does get Hollywood gigs, it’s usually in supporting parts. So it’s all the more reason to head your local arthouse to see “Partisan,” because it’s a great chance to see Cassel leading an independent production, and an award winning one at that.
Directed by Ariel Kleiman, the story is set in a commune run by the magnetic Gregori. He leads the small community and raises the children, teaching them how to care for livestock, grow crops, and oh yeah, how to kill. That’s right, Gregori is essentially the head of a small army of child assassins, and things get a bit lively when one eleven year-old, Alexander (Jeremy Chabriel), begins to question the system in which he’s been raised. You’ll get a sense of Gregori’s personality in this exclusive clip.
Winner of the Sundance award for cinematography in the World Cinema Dramatic category, “Partisan” opens in limited release on October 2nd. Watch below.