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Léolo (1992)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 2 April 1993 (USA)
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Young Leo Lauzon is torn between two worlds - the squalid Montreal tenement that he inhabits with his severely dysfunctional (and largely insane) family, and the imaginative world that he ... See full summary »

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Jean-Claude Lauzon
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gilbert Sicotte ... Narrator (voice)
Maxime Collin ... Leolo
Ginette Reno ... Mother
Julien Guiomar ... Grandfather
Pierre Bourgault ... Word Tamer
Giuditta Del Vecchio Giuditta Del Vecchio ... Bianca
Andrée Lachapelle ... Psychiatrist
Denys Arcand ... Director
Germain Houde ... Teacher
Yves Montmarquette Yves Montmarquette ... Fernand
Lorne Brass Lorne Brass ... Fernand's Enemy
Roland Blouin Roland Blouin ... Father
Geneviève Samson Geneviève Samson ... Rita
Marie-Hélène Montpetit Marie-Hélène Montpetit ... Nanette
Francis St-Onge Francis St-Onge ... Leolo, age 6
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Young Leo Lauzon is torn between two worlds - the squalid Montreal tenement that he inhabits with his severely dysfunctional (and largely insane) family, and the imaginative world that he constructs for himself through his writings, where he's Leolo Lozone, son of a Sicilian peasant (conceived in a bizarre act involving a tomato). And his experiences of growing up (especially his sexual development) affect his response to both these worlds... Written by Michael Brooke <michael@everyman.demon.co.uk>

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Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

-Bande annonce

Country:

Canada | France

Language:

French

Release Date:

2 April 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Leolo See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$611,703

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$611,703
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The film is included on Roger Ebert's "Great Movies" list. See more »

Quotes

Narrator: That day, I understood that fear lived in our deepest being.
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The UK censors made 2 cuts totaling 32 seconds. One showed young boys stroking a woman's breasts. The other was for cruelty to a cat. See more »

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Referenced in Seinfeld: The Bottle Deposit (1996) See more »

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You Can't Always Get What You Want
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Anguish
17 February 1999 | by petie3See all my reviews

A complex film, in French, of the genesis of a love life of a 12-year old in a miserable, tragic family afflicted by some unknown genetic disease. The inspiration to the story, a book of poetry, was used to prop up a table and was the only book in the house. As Leo was reading the florid, anguished verses his mind wandered to sunny Italy with the next door neighbor girl, apparently his vision of paradise. Reality returned though, the horror of swimming in the poluted river, visiting the hospital, engaging in gang paint-sniffing, drinking and cat abuse gave the viewer an emotional yo-yo ride.

A powerful film, difficult to classify. Never light-hearted or petty, it visited all the emotions one at a time. Joy however, existed only in delusion.


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