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Toto le Héros

1991, Comedy/Drama, 1h 34m

13 Reviews 1,000+ Ratings

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From his bed in a retirement home, Thomas (Michel Bouquet) looks back with resentment on his life. He once dreamed of being a secret agent and instead became an unexceptional bureaucrat, but he clings to the idea that things might have been different but for one crucial event. Thomas believes he and another baby were switched at birth, thus granting his lifelong rival, Alfred (Peter Bohlke), an undeserved life of wealth and privilege. Still jealous, Thomas decides to finally settle the score.

Cast & Crew

Michel Bouquet
Thomas, as an old man
Mireille Perrier
Evelyne as young woman
Jo De Backer
Thomas, as an adult
Thomas Godet
Thomas, as a child
Gisela Uhlen
Evelyne as an old woman
Peter Bohlke
Alfred as an old man
Didier Ferney
Alfred, as an adult
Hugo Harold-Harrison
Alfred, as a child
Fabienne Loriaux
Thomas' Mother
Pierre Drouot
Executive Producer
Dany Gays
Producer
Pierre Van Dormael
Original Music
Walter vanden Ende
Cinematographer
Susana Rossberg
Film Editing
Hubert Pouille
Production Design
An D'Huys
Costume Design
Anne Van Brée
Costume Design
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  • Nov 27, 2012
    Wonderful Belgian film from someone other than the Dardennes.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Mar 20, 2011
    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
  • Jan 13, 2011
    I could try to tell you about this slice of wholly original Belgian cinema, but that would still sell it short. If there ever was a story about a man's bitter resentment, this is it, as Thomas is convinced he was switched at birth with another family and bears that grudge until his final days. Experiencing that man's life though, which on paper looks like a long row to hoe, proceeds in completely unexpected ways. There is no timeline - we jump from his old age to his youth to his adult years with dizzying frequency, and yet Jaco Van Dormael manages to give enough cues that we can stay on the same page. This is a filmmaker who asks that his audience pay attention, so turn off those cell phones! Integrated into the main stories are a collection of fantasies as well, and not always easy to tell which is which. The title Toto The Hero refers to Thomas' alter ego as a spy determined to save his father and makes several appearances. While the entire cast performs beautifully, special mention goes out to the two main child actors as young Thomas and young Alice his sister (or adopted sister, depending which story you believe.) How the Europeans can consistently harvest such young natural actors is impressive, while the best that American casting agents can usually find is another Jake Lloyd. For influences I thought of <i>Sunset Boulevard</i> for opening with a narrated death scene and especially <i>Vertigo</i> for a mysterious obsession Thomas has with a woman that he thought was dead. As for followers, I have to believe Jean-Pierre Jeunet is an ardent fan (the lightbulb-popping ploy instantly reminded me of the same trick in <i>Amelie</i>). A whimsical, serious, thoughtful, surprising, and engaging piece of work, I can honestly say I have not seen anything quite like <i>Toto Le Hero.</i>
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  • Jan 21, 2009
    I suppose it's forgivable to boink your sister if your sister looks like Mireille Perrier, right?
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