Partisan Review

By Andrew & Bernadette on June 10, 2015

Partisan, directed by Ariel Kleiman making his feature film debut, stars Vincent Cassel as Gregori, leader of a closed, self-sufficient community of women and young children. As the film moves at a deliberate pace, we see Gregori as father, educator and lover, however all is not what it seems. One of the beautiful parts of watching Partisan is the unraveling of our growing sense of tension and unease as we learn more about Gregori and the children, both in terms of the nature of their intimate personal relationships and ultimately disturbing purpose.

The film focuses on the relationship between Gregori and 12 year old Alexander played with a perfect balance of youthful innocence and determination by newcomer Jeremy Chabriel. Following the birth of his younger brother and Alexander begins to question Gregori and the place he calls home, his uncertainty intensified after an incident involving another young boy Andre (played by Daniel Vernikovski  also a standout). Cassel is in career best form, his soulful blue eyes and scruffy worn face force you to engage with Gregori, while simultanously questioning his sincerity. Partisan is a film that will stay with you, whether it be a haunting karaoke scene, the willfness of a defiant child or the anxiety of the final shot.

Andrew Rating - 4.5
Bernadette Rating - 4


Andrew has been a film lover all of his life. For a while now he's been talking about how great films are and usually that's been directly to his wife, Bernadette. Now with AB Film Review everyone else in the world can listen to what Andrew has to say to his wife. Bernadette grew up renting videos from a Plains Video. She mostly hired out Cry Baby and wore the tape thin learning the lines to the John Waters classic. After a series of arguments in the car ride home with her husband, Andrew, the two decided to record their arguments and launch them into the world for everyone to listen to.