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Léolo (1992)




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Jean-Claude Lauzon's highly praised film tells the strange story of Léolo, a young boy from Montréal. Told from Léolo's point-of-view, the film depicts his family of lunatics and Léolo's attempts to deal with them. Not one individual in the boy's life is well adjusted. His brother, after being beaten up, spends the film bulking up on growth protein. The grandfather hires half-naked girls to bite off his toenails and, in a brutal rage, almost kills Léolo. As he witnesses his family decay around him, Léolo retreats into himself and the fantasy world he has constructed. In response to the weirdness of his daily life, Léolo creates a little mental mayhem of his own which Lauzon renders in an amazing series of free-form, surreal images. Eventually, this precarious balance of reality and fantasy cracks and Léolo is hospitalized after attempting to murder his grandfather. The score by Tom Waits underscores the narrative arc of Léolo's breakdown. On its release, the film won numerous awards including the International Fantasy Film Award for Best Director (1992) and a Genie Award for Best Original Screenplay (1992). ~ Brian Whitener, Rovimore
Rating: PG
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Comedy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Jean-Claude Lauzon
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 25, 2005
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment


Maxime Collin
as Leo--"Leolo"
Pierre Bourgault
as The Word Tamer
Julien Guiomar
as Grandfather
Andree Lachapelle
as Psychiatrist
Denys Arcand
as Career Counselor
Lorne Brass
as Fernand's Enemy
Luc Proulx
as Fisher
Aron Tager
as Fishmonger
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Critic Reviews for Léolo

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (5)

A strangely-captivating motion picture.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Top Critic

I felt alive when I was watching it.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

A disturbing, imaginative, beautifully realized film.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | August 30, 2004
New York Times
Top Critic

Caught the big picture in a strikingly fresh way.

Full Review… | February 25, 2008
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Audience Reviews for Léolo


A fantastic Canadian film, in both quality and content. Strange though, but in that lovely sort of way that draws you in. Basically it's the story of a highly intelligent boy growing up in a tenement in Montreal with his oddball, mostly insane, family, and the imaginary living dream world he creates for himself which is often hard to distinguish from reality. This is one of those poetic sort of films that are magical in a way, and hard to define, breathtaking at times, confusing at times, also - but ultimately rewarding. In any case, it`s a truly unique film that should be seen by an anyone with an appreciation for "off the beaten path" type films.

Christopher Mercer

Super Reviewer


Canadian boy comes of age in nutty family. A strange film, a bit like watching something by a sedated Jean-Pierre Jeunet, with a heartbreaking ending.

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Lesley N

Super Reviewer


For a movie where defecating and masturbation have a surprising amount of screen time, this is a very whimsical and funny story about a dysfunctional family just trying to make it out alive. The script does a very good job of showing the world through the eyes of a young boy, accurately capturing the desperate nature with which we try to make sense of the world.

Quinto Wallight

Super Reviewer

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