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The Trotsky (2009)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 5 May 2010 (USA)
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A Montreal high school student who believes he is the reincarnation of Leon Trotsky starts a revolution against apathy among his fellow students.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Taylor Baruchel ...
School Girl #2
Dan (as Daniel Beirne)
Domini Blythe ...
Mrs. Davis
Jonathan Bosco ...
Horne (Kid in Costume)
Female Cop
Justin Bradley ...
Denise Archambault
Anna Bronstein
Cecile Cristobal ...
TV Reporter Haiyan Zhang
Darren Curtis ...
Taxi Driver
Male Cop
Guy Dufaux ...
Homeless Person


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 Alliance Films

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5 May 2010 (USA)  »

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High School Revolution  »

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CAD 6,400,000 (estimated)
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Did You Know?


One of the students in line for the social justice-themed dance is wearing a René Lévesque mask. Lévesque was the founder of the left-leaning Parti Québécois. He was famously portrayed by editorial cartoonists and satirists as a heavy smoker, so appropriately the student has a cigarette in his mouth. See more »


Leon: Are you my Stalin, Dwight?
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Crazy Credits

After credits a usually confused Leon is seen walking up to a bench and sitting on it in a jump suit. See more »


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Written by Thomas Augustin, Mathieu Cournoyer, Francis Mineau, Julien Mineau
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Performed by Malajube
Courtesy of Third Side Music o/b/o Dare to Care Records
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Ready for the revolution?
17 December 2010 | by See all my reviews

"It's over. I'm not it. I'm not the man for the job."

The Trotsky came out of absolutely nowhere. I don't even know how it appeared on my radar, but I'm glad that it did. It's quite the little gem. 

It's the story of a teenager (named Leon) from Montreal who believes he is the reincarnation of the Marxist leader Leon Trotsky, and believes that his life will follow that of his predecessor exactly. Right down to exile, relationships, and even cause of death. He finds his "great cause" in the plight of the students at the public high school that his father sends him too, and puts all his energy into forming a union for them.

I found myself getting swept up into Leon's struggle against youth apathy very quickly, because he's such a likable character. Jay Baruchel plays him with his typical neurotic performance, but it works. You don't know how seriously to take him at first, but Leon believes so deeply in who he claims to be and what he's doing, that it's easy to let your disbelief go and just roll with it all. All the characters are pretty great, actually, and most of my enjoyment of the movie came from their interactions with each other.

So yeah, I'm recommending The Trotsky wholeheartedly. Don't immediately write it off if you have no idea who Leon Trotsky is. It's just a very likable comedy, and it puts a fresh spin on the "high school movie". I enjoyed it. 

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