Based on Ethan Canin’s short story The Palace Thief, the Emperor’s Club traces the 30-year teacher-student mentor relationship between dedicated prep school teacher William and troubled young Sedgewick who lives in the shadow of his senator father.
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Quite surprised with this one! It's good when you have no expectations for a film and it proves you wrong. What a cast! Must say Kevin Kline is amazing. Also a younger Emile Hirsch but surely very compelling and talented. Good dialogues and morals.
Interesting how this film would have had 0 value to me just a few years ago because I didn't know Emile Hirsch, Jesse Eisenberg or Paul Dano then. They were already better than the main actor who I enjoyed laughing at. The story seems to follow a classic arc but peters out at the end with a series of twists that make no sense.