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
At one point in the film, Alexandra jokingly inquires if Leon intends to live out Trotsky's life 'icepick and all'. This is a reference to how Leon Trotsky died due to injuries sustained from a blow to his head from an icepick. See more »
What the hell are you afraid of? Letting somebody love you?
No, Leon, I'm afraid of who will play me in the TV movie about us.
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After credits a usually confused Leon is seen walking up to a bench and sitting on it in a jump suit. See more »
Boredom and Apathy - that is what this movie is all about. (In my opinion)
The lead character Leon and his Trotsky obsession are actually symbolic of leadership. Trotsky dealt with apathy and boredom but found his means to manifest the phenomena of the Russian revolution. Leon must deal with apathy and boredom but will he become a leader?
The Odessa Steps dream sequences are a delightful and comical look into Leons head. The movie is worth seeing just for this!
I greatly enjoyed the skillful performances from each character. Their dialog is top notch and the director pulls this 'Trotsky' idea together nicely.
What is the fate of Leon - we will never know.
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