The Art of Self-Defense

L'art de l'autodéfense

  • Release Date: July 19, 2019 (limited)
  • Genre: Comedy, Drama

  • Director: Riley Stearns
  • Producer(s): Andrew Kortschak, Cody Ryder, Stephanie Whonsetler, Walter Kortschak
  • Writer(s): Riley Stearns
  • Studio: Pacific Northwest Pictures
  • Length: 1h 44m | Classification: 13+
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Casey (Jesse Eisenberg), a meek and timid man, is attacked at random on the street. He subsequently enrolls at a local dojo led by a charismatic and mysterious sensei (Alessandro Nivola), in an effort to learn how to defend himself.

What he uncovers is a sinister world of fraternity, violence and hypermasculinity and a woman (Imogen Poots) fighting for her place in it. Casey undertakes a journey, both frightening and darkly funny, that will place him squarely in the sights of his enigmatic new mentor.


Jesse Eisenberg, Alessandro Nivola, Imogen Poots
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