The Childhood of a Leader ★★½

Brady Corbet's sentences are Haneke's ultimate grammar, which in Haneke's films is in part a misunderstanding of the emotions stemming from Bresson's models-actors in period films. Or to state it in two sentences: Haneke's repeated regurgitations of the violence at the end of Lancelot du Lac, taking no lessons from the sentimental education of Bresson's semiotic staging where the visual signs correspond to an exposure of a way and a time; or in Bresson's own words: "confusing pessimism with lucidity." A statement that is the logos of The Childhood of a Leader.

The only memory/image that lasts for me occurs at the end. It is the evocation of resistance to fascism as the image of a little girl ignoring the source of the crowd's roaring adulation.