in about 100 words or less
US 104m, Colour
Director: Riley Stearns; Cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Alessandro Nivola, Imogen Poots, David Zellner
The Art of Self-Defense is a strange and dark comedic farce about a young man who transforms himself into the type of person who he was once afraid. After being beaten and left for dead, Casey Davies joins a local karate studio where he becomes a favourite of the Sensei whose martial arts lessons, putting it mildly, are unorthodox. Filled with deadpan humor and a surprising amount of violence, The Art of Self-Defense is as disturbing as it is funny (Klaus Ming October 2019).