Tickling Leo (2009)


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In the days before Yom Kippur (aka the Day of Atonement), Zak Pikler takes his pregnant girlfriend, Delphina, to find his estranged father in the family drama Tickling Leo, written and directed by Jeremy Davidson. When they reach the man's home in the Catskills, Zak finds that his father has turned into a hermit and is suffering from dementia. But the problems in the present only mask those in the past, causing his father to revisit the Holocaust and his escape from Hungary. Produced by actress and director Mary Stuart Masterson, Tickling Leo stars Daniel Sauli, Annie Parisse, Lawrence Pressman, and Eli Wallach.

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Daniel Sauli
as Zak Pikler
Annie Parisse
as Delphina
Lawrence Pressman
as Warren Yitzchak Pikler
Ronald Guttman
as Robert Pikler
Victoria Clark
as Madeleine Pikler
Eli Wallach
as Emil Pikler

Critic Reviews for Tickling Leo

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (9)

Although strongly acted and deeply felt, writer-director Jeremy Davidson's arcanely titled Tickling Leo is too theatrically conceived and diffusely told to satisfy its lofty aspirations.

Oct 16, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Director Jeremy Davidson's father-son tale is refreshingly edgy and well-acted, but painfully obvious in almost every other way.

Sep 4, 2009 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

The film's rich performances, in which every shade of every character's emotions registers, can go only so far to camouflage the glaring lapses in a drama that often confuses hints and allusions with coherent storytelling.

Sep 4, 2009 | Rating: 2.5/5

Director Davidson still shines with this modest production.

Sep 3, 2009

Briefly in theaters now, Tickling Leo -- the title makes little sense -- will undoubtedly disappear quickly, only to have a faltering second life at small film festivals. You'll miss little if you pass it by.

Sep 3, 2009 | Full Review…

[Pressman's] performance ... as the increasingly demented poet and Holocaust survivor Warren Pikler, gives us the man Warren was, is and will be. It isn't easy, but like a long line drive, it's a great thing to watch.

Sep 3, 2009 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
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