With its bleak, melancholic Eastern European aesthetic (shot partly in Georgia), this post-war, dystopian feature exploring the concept of the culture of cult and child assassins is disturbing and obscure.
Art and production design are standouts and, as a result, Partisan looks stunning. But, observational in approach, the film is ultimately unsatisfying. It cried out for more depth, a stronger direction of purpose. But Partisan, with its international cast including Vincent Cassel (Black Swan, Mon roi), remains a very radical approach to filmmaking in Australia from first-timer Ariel Kleiman.