The Art of Self-Defense

Release July 12, 2019 (Limited)
Cast Jesse Eisenberg, Alessandro Nivola, Imogen Poots
Director Riley Stearns
Writer Riley Stearns
Genres Comedy
Studio Bleecker Street/Pacific Northwest Pictures
Length 104 mins.


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.

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