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Leolo (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).
Rating:
PG
Genre:
Art House & International , Comedy , Drama
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Runtime:
Studio:
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Cast

Ginette Reno
as Mother
Julien Guiomar
as Grandfather
Roland Blouin
as Father
Andree Lachapelle
as Psychiatrist
Denys Arcand
as Career Counselor
Germain Houde
as Teacher
Germaine Houde
as Teacher
Lorne Brass
as Fernand's Enemy
Gilbert Sicotte
as Narrator
Francis Saint-Onge
as Leolo (age 6)
Alex Nadeau
as Fernand (age 16)
Pierre Bourgault
as The Word Tamer
Louis Grenier
as Gynecologist
Richard Guevremont
as Geography Teacher
Eric Cadorette
as Little Godin
Aron Tager
as Fishmonger
Luc Seguin
as Latourelle
Simon Gosselin
as Paquette
Luc Proulx
as Fisher
Nick Fasano
as Italian Salesman
Jade Landry Cuerrier
as Young Nanette
Maria Petraglia
as Contadina
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Critic Reviews for Leolo

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (3)

A strangely-captivating motion picture.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
ReelViews
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

Caught the big picture in a strikingly fresh way.

Full Review… | February 25, 2008
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

French-Canadian Lauzon's disturbing and audacious comin-of-age saga, which opened the 1993 Toronto Film Festival, centers on a boy who actually believes that his mother was impregnated by a sperm-covered tomato in Sicily!

Full Review… | January 24, 2007
EmanuelLevy.Com

The best Quebecois movie ever made.

Full Review… | September 10, 2002
Montreal Film Journal

Audience Reviews for Leolo

½

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
Quinto Wallight

Super Reviewer

½

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. From RHADYNASCIMENTO's favourites list

Lesley N
Lesley N

Super Reviewer

½

Because I dream, I am not.

Alex Figueroba
Alex Figueroba

Super Reviewer

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