Léolo (1992)

 |  Comedy, Drama  |  2 April 1993 (USA)
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Young Leo Lauzon is torn between two worlds - the squalid Montreal tenement that he inhabits with his severely dysfunctional (and largely insane) family, and the imaginative world that he ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Narrator (voice)
Maxime Collin ...
Ginette Reno ...
Pierre Bourgault ...
Word Tamer
Giuditta Del Vecchio ...
Andrée Lachapelle ...
Germain Houde ...
Yves Montmarquette ...
Lorne Brass ...
Fernand's Enemy
Roland Blouin ...
Geneviève Samson ...
Marie-Hélène Montpetit ...
Francis St-Onge ...


Young Leo Lauzon is torn between two worlds - the squalid Montreal tenement that he inhabits with his severely dysfunctional (and largely insane) family, and the imaginative world that he constructs for himself through his writings, where he's Leolo Lozone, son of a Sicilian peasant (conceived in a bizarre act involving a tomato). And his experiences of growing up (especially his sexual development) affect his response to both these worlds... Written by Michael Brooke <michael@everyman.demon.co.uk>

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The scene when Léolo take the hook of a fisherman and father and son have a little dispute and a reference film Un zoo la nuit (1987) Jean-Claude Lauzon. See more »


Narrator: Because I dream, I am not.
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Referenced in Seinfeld: The Frogger (1998) See more »


Written by Gilbert Bécaud
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A beautiful, unforgettable work of art - but not one for the easily offended
22 December 2013 | by (Berlin) – See all my reviews

To me, 'Léolo' is like a rare gemstone. A unique, surreal fairytale, which you can look at from many different angles and yet it remains hard to describe. Although there clearly is a structured narrative, I believe this film is more to be felt than understood. While it's often tragic and disturbing, it's also very funny and darkly comic. Somehow fitting for a story inspired by childhood memories, reality and fantasy are seamlessly interwoven to create an often dream-like, sometimes nightmarish atmosphere.

This was only director Jean-Claude Lauzon's second film, and sadly he never got to make more than two; he died in a plane crash while he was preparing his third film.

A beautiful, unforgettable work of art, albeit not one for the easily offended.

My vote: 10 out of 10

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