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The Zero Sum (2009)

A mugger falls in love with one of his victims and struggles to balance the relationship with his secret life of crime and the secret reason why he must carry it on.


Raphael Assaf


Armen Evrensel (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ewen Bremner ... Leonard Paulson
Sarah Strange ... Leah Herzog
David Richmond-Peck ... Patrick Paulson
Tyler Labine ... Chris
Lori Triolo ... Tracy
Bill Dow ... Harry
Doug Abrahams ... Whittaker
John Tench ... Robert
Laurie Murdoch ... Feldman
Marvin Young ... Mr. Henderson (as Young MC)
JR Bourne ... Fence
Monique Helbig Monique Helbig ... Christina
Taras Kostyuk ... Sasha
Quinn Starr Quinn Starr ... Kid
Jody-Kay Marklew Jody-Kay Marklew ... Jackie


Adult brothers Patrick and Leonard Paulson, both tortured souls, have long been affected by an incident in their childhood, which has manifested itself differently in the brothers. Patrick writes as therapy, specifically about his and Leonard's lives. Younger by one year, Leonard, who works a day job as a waiter, is, on the other hand, a thief, both in property and personal crime. Because of their relationship, Patrick ends up taking the fall and the associated seven year jail sentence for Leonard's latest crime. On an unrelated incident, Leonard ends up having mugger's remorse after the fact when he recognizes his latest victim as one the nicer customers in the restaurant where he works. She is Leah Herzog, a junior editor at a publishing house, she who is just getting out of a destructive personal relationship. Leonard can see the profound negative affect the mugging has had on her. In Leah, Leonard sees many things as he inserts himself in her life. In the reversed role now of ... Written by Huggo

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Love changes the equation.









Release Date:

6 June 2009 (Canada) See more »

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CAD 2,000,000 (estimated)
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Did You Know?


Brotherly Love
Performed by Marvin Young (as Young MC) featuring Kyle Trotman (as Knoxx)
Written by Marvin Young (Young) & Kyle Trotman (as Knox)
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The future of Canadian film
12 December 2005 | by Kronus45See all my reviews

I recently saw this film at it's world premiere at the Whistler Film Festival and found it absolutely brilliant. An excellent script, great acting and visually entertaining. The film itself gets away with being gritty without looking cheap, which is a rare thing in film these days. This is definitely not the sort of film that comes to mind when you think of traditional Canadian cinema, but it also doesn't feel like a run of the mill Hollywood film either. The best of both worlds come together, without too much melodrama or cheezy, over the top, action sequences. The director is able to make the audience feel compassion for even the anti-hero of the story, by showing human qualities that all people have, but are often neglected in the film world. All in all, great film and worth checking out.

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