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Toto le Héros (Toto the Hero) (1991)

Toto le Héros (Toto the Hero) (1991)

Toto le Héros (Toto the Hero)




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Former circus performer Jaco Van Dormael made his feature-film directing bow with the Belgian/French/German coproduction Toto Le Héros. The title character is an fictional supersecret agent, idolized by a young boy named Thomas. The lad aspires to become Toto when he grows up; but thanks to a kaleidoscope of flashbacks and flashforwards, we know that he'll end up ordinary and unfulfilled. The film hopscotches between the Three Ages of Thomas: wide-eyed youngster, mediocrity-mired adult, bitter old man. The elder Thomas has never gotten over his childhood traumas and hatreds. He was always jealous of his wealthy boyhood friend Alfred, fantasizing that he and his chum were switched at birth. At the end, the aged Thomas escapes from a senior citizens' home -- an act which leads to Fate dealing its final ironic blow. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovimore
Rating: PG-13
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Comedy
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On DVD: Mar 29, 2005


Michel Bouquet
as Thomas as an Old Man
Jo De Backer
as Thomas - As an Adult
Thomas Godet
as Thomas - As a Child
Gisela Uhlen
as Evelyne - As an Old ...
Mireille Perrier
as Evelyne as an Adult
Fabienne Loriaux
as Thomas's Mother
Didier Ferney
as Alfred - As an Adult
Hugo Harold Harrisso...
as Alfred - As a Child
Peter Böhlke
as Alfred - As an Old M...
Michel Robin
as Alfred As an Old Man
François Toumarkine
as Adult Celestin
Klaus Schindler
as Thomas's Father
Pascal Duquenne
as Celestin-As an Adult
Karim Moussati
as Celestin-As a Child
Harry Cleven
as Gangster
Bernard Yerlès
as Man in the Train
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Critic Reviews for Toto le Héros (Toto the Hero)

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (5)

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
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Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
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An audacious Belgian film with a creative exploration of the primal role of fantasy in our lives

Full Review… | July 12, 2003
Spirituality and Practice

Audience Reviews for Toto le Héros (Toto the Hero)

I suppose it's forgivable to boink your sister if your sister looks like Mireille Perrier, right?

Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer


Under the delusion that he was switched at birth with the kid who ends up being his next door neighbor, Thomas spends his life plotting revenge. He also falls in love with his sister. Strange little Belgian dramedy that jumps around in time and in reality (there are flashbacks inside of flashbacks, dream sequences, and so on) but ends up painting a poignant portrait of lifelong envy.

Greg S

Super Reviewer


Since I really liked The Eighth Day I decided to check this one & I liked this even more than that, I just disliked the ending otherwise a wonderful movie

Arash Xak

Super Reviewer

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