In an exclusive clip from “Partisan,” a gang of adorable children sneak up on their warm-hearted patriarch in bed. Vincent Cassel plays the paternal Gregori, the charismatic leader of a secluded commune who raises his children on a dangerous diet of community and occasional contract killing. Based on previous clips from the film, this affectionate clip is merely the calm before the storm.
The thriller is directed by Australian filmmaker Ariel Kleiman, and its acclaimed debut at Sundance earlier this year garnered its cinematographer Germain McMicking the World Cinema Special Jury Award for Cinematography.
The official synopsis reads as follows: “On the edge of a crumbling city, 11-year-old Alexander (Jeremy Chabriel) lives in a sequestered commune alongside other children, their mothers, and charismatic leader, Gregori (Vincent Cassel). Gregori teaches the children how to raise livestock, grow vegetables, work as a community – and how to kill. With the birth of a new baby brother weighing on his mind, Alexander begins to question Gregori’s overpowering influence on the children and their training to become assassins. Threatened by his increasing unwillingness to fall in line, Gregori’s behavior turns erratic and adversarial toward the child he once considered a son.”
“Partisan” will be released by Well Go USA Entertainment first in select theaters on October 2. Watch the clip above.