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
By no means should one watch this film expecting a display of artistic profundity. For preventive measures, I should go so far as to even warn the observant and diligent viewer that one shouldn't expect even a modestly refined film here. As it does, effectively, preserve those prevalent formulaic variables of film which aficionados have come to despise so vehemently: the typical roller coaster relationship; the target objective that always seems so very far away, yet somehow the protagonist manages to overcome those countless obstacles and succeed; the strained relationship that concludes so predictably. It gets very tiresome, and, frankly, in the book of any wise movie goer these should stand out as the trademarks of ineptness. Nothing great has earned that title by conforming well to established routines and expectations--one would believe a film inspired by Trotsky would understand this much.
Nonetheless, this hardly makes the film less enjoyable, just not well disposed to reside amongst the ranks of the truly memorable. If one is disposed to counter-culture as I am, then one should not hesitate to watch this film, despite its many shortcomings one will laugh often and maybe even discover some relatable experiences therein. Treat this film as a variant of the common mass-produced comedy with a twist in the favor of those of a progressive nature.
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