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WW1 has just ended and Prescott and his mother and father are living in a somewhat rundown country villa in the French countryside. The father (Liam Cunningham) is on Woodrow Wilson's team to help negotiate the final treaty for the end of the war. His mother (Bejo) is a cold, somewhat distant and uninvolved with Prescott's upbringing. Prescott is mostly nurtured by a doting French cook and a local girl (Martin) who tutors him in French. Charles (Pattison) is a fellow American in France who drops in unexpectedly to visit
Oddly, Prescott persists in wearing his hair like a girl and wearing dresses under his jacket. His intelligence is notable to the point that he outstrips the need for his tutor in French and asks that she be relieved of her duties. He also has a very precocious nature and a stubborn temper that leads to "tantrums" that somehow end up being allowed.
The film is divided into three "tantrums" and a final view of the outcome of young Prescott's upbringing. It is not surprising except for his looks.
This is a very dark and measured tale that requires patience and restraint. I wanted to bounce a few knuckles off Prescott's head myself.
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But I thought that the epilogue (if that's what it was, i.e., the last ten minutes of the film - after Prescott's last tantrum!) was too pretentious to take all that seriously. Oh well! I did like the French tutor's see-through blouse!
I wonder if Prescott's hair was to cover up his large cranium? In the limo, he had an abnormally sized noggin. Was that the bulk of the actor's hair or where his brilliance came from?
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