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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 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

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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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Gross USA:

$610,488
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

This was the last film of Jean-Claude Lauzon. See more »

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Narrator: My grandmother had convinced my father that good health... came through shitting.
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The UK censors made 2 cuts totalling 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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L'Orange
Lyrics by Gilbert Bécaud
Music by Pierre Delanoë
Performed by Gilbert Bécaud
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Holy Sh*t! (for real)
25 May 2005 | by Travis_MoranSee all my reviews

I found this movie on a used VHS tape the other day and decided to check it out since it was a Canadian production.

Man, I can't decide whether I love or hate this movie. It's just plain weird! Sometimes it had me laughing (like in the beginning with the tomato, later when Leolo trades his flies for his sister's turd, etc); And then sometimes I was totally grossed out (like the cat scene). And the raw meat incident was sick, then later hilarious when it got served for dinner. There's definitely some "toilet" humour throughout this film.

Almost always I watch movies for enjoyment and I try not to analyse too much because it often spoils my enjoyment. But I've noticed some really deep analysis from previous reviewers regarding this film. And honestly, some of it is way too deep for me. (Maybe I'm the ignorant savage in the art museum.).

I wouldn't really class this movie as a comedy although it has some humorous scenes (very dark humour). I'd say this movie was more like a trip through a mental institution. It is a very haunting movie and I did find myself reflecting on it every so often for a while. It's a thinker for sure. It seemed sensitive, but in a very harsh way.

Acting was very good in my opinion. Any actor who can pull off roles like the ones in this movie has to be good.

Normally, I'm not fond of narration. But for some reason it didn't seem to bother me in this film. It sort of fit in better I guess.

This movie could freak out a lot of people. It's really worth watching, but not for young kids. I gave it 8 out of 10 because it was well acted, made me think on it, and it was certainly unique. Also I respect a person who goes against the flow to make something original.


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