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Today, we’re pleased to debut a clip from Riley Stearns’ dark comedy The Art of Self-Defense. The film stars Jesse Eisenberg as Casey, a timid accountant who takes up karate after being mugged by masked attackers. However, as he takes more classes from the mysterious and charismatic Sensei (Alessandro Nivola), Casey begins going down a dark road of toxic masculinity.
In this clip, we meet Anna (Imogen Poots), who works as a teacher for the child students, but has all of her master’s unforgiving nature. You get a great sense of the chemistry between Eisenberg and Poots, and also the way Stearns skillfully weaves in the darkness (the harsh tone, the cursing from Anna) with the absurd (Casey’s fascination with different belt colors). The Art of Self-Defense is one of the best movies I’ve seen all year. It balances darkness and comedy exceedingly well while satirizing the behavior of not only toxic men, but why weaker...
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