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Toto the Hero (1991)

Toto le héros (original title)
PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy | 19 June 1991 (France)
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Thomas and Alfred were born around the same time; a fire in the nursery had nurses scrambling to save the newborns. Because he felt that he deserved Alfred's good fortune at being born into... See full summary »


Jaco Van Dormael


Didier De Neck (collaborator), Pascal Lonhay (collaborator) | 2 more credits »
Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 16 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Michel Bouquet ... Old Thomas / Voice of Adult Thomas
Jo De Backer Jo De Backer ... Adult Thomas
Thomas Godet Thomas Godet ... Child Thomas
Gisela Uhlen ... Old Evelyne
Mireille Perrier Mireille Perrier ... Voice of old Evelyne / Adult Evelyne
Sandrine Blancke Sandrine Blancke ... Alice
Peter Böhlke Peter Böhlke ... Old Alfred
Michel Robin ... Old Alfred (voice)
Didier Ferney Didier Ferney ... Adult Alfred
Hugo Harold-Harrison ... Child Alfred
Fabienne Loriaux Fabienne Loriaux ... Thomas' Mother
Klaus Schindler Klaus Schindler ... Thomas' Father
Patrick Waleffe Patrick Waleffe ... Voice of Thomas' Father / Official
Pascal Duquenne ... Adult Cèlestin
François Toumarkine François Toumarkine ... Adult Cèlestin (voice)


Thomas and Alfred were born around the same time; a fire in the nursery had nurses scrambling to save the newborns. Because he felt that he deserved Alfred's good fortune at being born into a wealthy family, Thomas conceives the idea that he and Alfred were switched at birth, and he can't help seeing that his unhappiness should be Alfred's, from the loss of his sister to his inability to have a relationship with the woman Evelyne. So, as his life is ending, he formulates a plan of revenge against his bitter enemy, his lifetime adversary, the man who stole his existence. Written by Gary Dickerson <slug@mail.utexas.edu>

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Comedy | Drama | Fantasy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for violence and sensuality (nudity) | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


The lines after the fight on the train, "Out, out, brief candle! / Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player....", are from 'Macbeth' Act 5 Scene 5. See more »


References Vertigo (1958) See more »


Music by Charles Trenet
Lyrics by Charles Trenet
Performed by Charles Trenet
Societe EMI France
(c) Edition Vianelly
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Excellent movie about the extraordinary life of an ordinary man.
18 October 1998 | by Flix-4See all my reviews

Take a deep breath... and dive... The movie is about to take you in a journey trough an extraordinary life... Not very overwhelming, one might say... but the story of "Toto le héros" is an unpredictable tale about a man who always thought he was nobody, and found at the very end of his life, that he was, in fact, a hero...

The very simple storyline is a sketch, for director Jaco Van Dormael, to elaborate a complex visual narration. Since we follow the main character, Toto, throughout his whole life, the movie is full of "time games". Van Dormael uses flash-back and leap in time to get away from a simple linearity. The aproach to dreams is very similar to Terry Gilliam's that we've seen in "Brazil" and "12 Monkeys".

"Toto le héros" is a touching film that will please the movie critics as well as the common viewers.

It is a chef-d'oeuvre...

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