Leon Bronstein is not your average Montreal West high school student. For one thing, none of his peers can claim to be the reincarnation of early 20th century Soviet iconoclast and Red Army... See full summary »
After a stint in a mental institution, former teacher Pat Solitano moves back in with his parents and tries to reconcile with his ex-wife. Things get more challenging when Pat meets Tiffany, a mysterious girl with problems of her own.
David O. Russell
Robert De Niro
Leon Bronstein is not your average Montreal West high school student. For one thing, none of his peers can claim to be the reincarnation of early 20th century Soviet iconoclast and Red Army hero, Leon Trotsky. When his father sends Leon to public school as punishment for starting a hunger strike at Papa's clothing factory, Leon quickly lends new meaning to the term 'student union', determined as he is to live out his pre-ordained destiny to the fullest and change the world. Written by
This film is about a seventeen-year-old high school student who believes himself to be the reincarnation of Leon Trotsky.
"The Trotsky" is a politically oriented film that details the journey of a young man who campaigns for social justice. Though the plot is fairly captivating, I find Leon's appearance incongruent with his character. He looks more like a socially inept nerd.
Another thing that bugs me is his belief that he is the reincarnation of Leon Trotsky. If Leon did not have such a belief, then I would have admired his righteousness and drive for social justice. With that belief, I have constant doubts whether he acted purely for the admirable cause, or for his delusional belief. Believing in himself being the reincarnation of Leon Trotsky is a delusion, and him acting out on his delusion makes him certifiably insane.
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