Tale of the young cannibal neutralises his evil

2008-10-02 08:04

SO what was the world's most infamous cannibal like as a boy? Which parenting theory will he prove: that spoilt brats come to no good; or that adversity builds character?

Hannibal Rising takes the story back to his childhood. The first scenes are of an aristocratic idyll, set deep in the Lithuanian countryside in 1944, which promptly gets shattered by Nazi bombs. The Lecter family flees, but Hannibal (played by Gaspard Ulliel) and his sister fall into the hands of a scavenging pack of Nazi sympathisers, who commit the outrage that eventually causes the teenaged Hannibal to acquire a taste for blood.

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