6.7/10
848
13 user 9 critic

Close to Leo (2002)

Tout contre Léo (original title)
Unrated | | Drama, Romance | TV Movie 18 October 2003
When 21 year-old Leo, the oldest of four brothers, announces to his rural French family that he's HIV+ family bonds are tested. The family decides that 11 year Marcel, the youngest, is too ... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

, (novel)
Reviews
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Brotherly (2008)
Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Based on a true story of two brothers in 1970's Ohio. It tells of their abandonment by their alcoholic parents and how the brothers turned to each other for support.

Director: J.C. Oliva
Stars: Kevin Fabian, Malcolm McRae, Mathis Fender
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Two precocious boys explore their sexuality at boarding school.

Directors: Ernst Johansen, Lasse Nielsen
Stars: Anders Agensø, Peter Bjerg, Ove Sprogøe
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

THIS SPECIAL FRIENDSHIP tells of the tender relationship between a twelve-year-old boy and the upperclassman who is the object of his desire. All set in the rigid atmosphere of a Jesuit run... See full summary »

Director: Jean Delannoy
Stars: Francis Lacombrade, Didier Haudepin, François Leccia
Drama | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Set in The Netherlands at the end of WW II, this touching story, told in flashbacks, explores the complex and romantic relationship between an adult soldier and a displaced, lonely adolescent boy.

Director: Roeland Kerbosch
Stars: Maarten Smit, Andrew Kelley, Jeroen Krabbé
Jet Boy (2001)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A drug dealer finds an unlikely traveling companion in an runaway kid trying to dodge social services.

Director: Dave Schultz
Stars: Branden Nadon, Joe Norman Shaw, Dylan Walsh
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A fatherless boy whose fixation on a mysterious stranger leads him blindly into a tragedy that is to mark him for life.

Director: Iván Noel
Stars: Francisco Alfonsin, Pedro Salido Saborido, Gonzalo Sánchez Salas
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A young boy falls in love with a handsome policeman who is investigating his family's criminal activities.

Director: Auraeus Solito
Stars: Nathan Lopez, Soliman Cruz, J.R. Valentin
The Fire That Burns (TV Movie 1997)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Two boys in their early teens in a strictly-run pre-WWII Catholic School form a firm friendship which is troubled by an abbot who is obsessed with the younger of the students.

Director: Christophe Malavoy
Stars: Christophe Malavoy, Michel Aumont, Naël Marandin
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Reine is supposed to go to a summer camp called 'Childrens island' but decides to remain in Stockholm over the summer while his mother is working at a hospital. She thinks he is at the camp... See full summary »

Director: Kay Pollak
Stars: Tomas Fryk, Anita Ekström, Ingvar Hirdwall
The Boys of St. Vincent (TV Movie 1992)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

The true story of boys being sexually abused at their orphanage ran by a religious community in Newfoundland.

Director: John N. Smith
Stars: Henry Czerny, Johnny Morina, Brian Dooley
Drama | Music | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Fifteen-year-old Beni falls in love with Fögi, a singer in a Rock band. As Fögi seduces him, Beni is willing to follow him where ever he takes him. But Fögi is a drug addict and pulls Beni ... See full summary »

Director: Marcel Gisler
Stars: Frédéric Andrau, Vincent Branchet, Urs Peter Halter
Vuelve (2013)
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A visual incursion into the troubles psyche of a young boy whose unstable and manipulative mother committed suicide in front of him.

Director: Iván Noel
Stars: Juan Carrasco, Romina Pinto, Renzo Sabelli
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Yaniss Lespert ...
Marcel
Pierre Mignard ...
Léo
Marie Bunel ...
Mother
Rodolphe Pauly ...
Tristan
Jérémie Lippmann ...
Pierrot
...
Father
Louis Gonzales ...
Yvan
Joana Preiss ...
Yvan's Mother
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Alex Beaupain ...
(as Alexandre Beaupain)
...
Aymeric
Sylvie Contant
Julien Honoré
Laurent Honoré
Anna Kerivel
Edit

Storyline

When 21 year-old Leo, the oldest of four brothers, announces to his rural French family that he's HIV+ family bonds are tested. The family decides that 11 year Marcel, the youngest, is too young to understand and the family agrees to keep the unsettling news from him. Marcel overhears enough to understand that something amiss with Leo and when the two travel to Paris together, Marcel confronts Leo with what he suspects. Written by Havan_IronOak@Bigfoot.com

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

18 October 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Close to Leo  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

References Saturday Night Fever (1977) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
worthy but flawed effort
28 December 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

There is a lot to like here. The actors are first rate and the script provides good dialog best capturing the ambiance of a tightly knit, likable family. However, for that reason the film does not ring true. We see Leo, who apparently just learned of his HIV positive diagnosis, essentially react in a way that is not in tune to the supportive atmosphere for which he finds himself. As well, the film ends somewhat abruptly avoiding what Leo, his brother and the rest of this close family must have dealt with in light of their love for him. The young actor who plays Leo's brother, Marcel, is impressive as generally is the rest of the cast. Unfortunately, the scriptwriters could not decide onwhether they wanted an insightful dissertation on the effects of HIV on a functional, appealing family or what the devastation HIV is on the victim - so it only hints at both. While this film provides food for thought it leaves the viewer wanting much more than it delivers.


6 of 12 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Beautiful james-785
alternate ending blue-lagoon
Bande son rafael8
Music fsdawkins
Close to Leo / Tout Contre Léo sarah-1537
Discuss Close to Leo (2002) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?