Leo (2002)




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The feature-length debut of Mehdi Norowzian, Leo combines two different story lines, but does not reveal their connection until the end of the film. Stephen (Joseph Fiennes) gets a job at a diner run by Vic (Sam Shepard) after serving a 15-year jail term for murder, during which he spent a chunk of time writing. Mary Bloom (Elisabeth Shue) believes her professor husband has been cheating on her, and engages in sex with a house painter in order to get some revenge. After finding out her beliefs were false, Mary's husband and daughter die in a car accident. The pregnant Mary gives birth and names the boy Leopold after a fictional character in a novel she once read. Leo was screened at the Toronto Film Festival.
R (adult situations/language, sex)
Art House & International , Drama
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Joseph Fiennes
as Stephen
Elisabeth Shue
as Mary Bloom
Dennis Hopper
as Horace
Jake Weber
as Ben Bloom
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Critic Reviews for Leo

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (1)

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Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

A well-written drama of psychological depth but diminishing returns.

May 1, 2003
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

The plot simmers along nicely, dipping and weaving between the two storylines with grace and style.

Full Review… | June 13, 2008
Eye for Film

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Full Review… | March 31, 2006
Empire Magazine

Newcomer Mehdi Norowzian delivers a flawed film that is nonetheless entertaining.

July 20, 2004

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Full Review… | April 9, 2004

Audience Reviews for Leo

*** (out of four) A nice, but distant and morose drama that features a nice performance from Joseph Fiennes. More could have been done with it, but it still is worthwhile. Fiennes plays a man leaving prison. He hopes to turn his life around. His first task is to find, Leo, the boy who has been writing him while in prison.

Steve Smith
Steve Smith

[list][*]Somewhat mysterious.[*]Drama.[*]Pretty good acting.[*]Dennis Hopper seems to be playing his usual character.[*]The mystery surprise isn't really that surprising but it doesn't really have that much affect on the movie.[*]Want to know more, just ask in a comment...[*][b]Recommendation[/b]: Rent[*][b]Grade[/b]: B[/list]

Casey Bruno
Casey Bruno

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