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Leolo (1993)

Maxime Collin , Ginette Reno , Jean-Claude Lauzon  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Maxime Collin, Ginette Reno, Gilbert Sicotte, Julien Guiomar, Pierre Bourgault
  • Directors: Jean-Claude Lauzon
  • Writers: Jean-Claude Lauzon
  • Producers: Aimée Danis, Claudette Viau, Doris Girard, Isabelle Fauvel, Jean-François Lepetit
  • Format: Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 25, 2005
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000AYEIL8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #278,509 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Leolo" on IMDb

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Welcome to the world of Leolo Lozone, a 12-year-old dreamer with a hilarious life-preserving ability to recreate the world according to his imagination. Whether dealing with his scatterbrained brother or plotting the murder of his grandfather, Leolo is an incorrigible misfit touched with a lovable streak of madness. From a wild romance with his sexy next door neighbor to incredible visits to the bottom of the sea, Leolo takes refuge in a fantasy world of poems and reams where he can triumph over even the strangest of tragedies. Bizarre, belligerent and totally outrageous!

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37 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More Bitter than Sweet, an Honest Comming of Age Film December 16, 1999
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Leo, a precocious child growing up in abject poverty, concocts an alternative identity as an Italian boy (Leolo) conceived through an encounter between his mother and a tomato, freshly doused with the onanistic spritz of an immigrant grocer. Surrounded by a (sur)real family-- a father obsessed with defecation, a sister who reigns as queen of the insects in the crawl-space below the family's tenament apartment, a bullied brother hiding from his environment in a steroid-enhanced body-- Leo(lo) excapes into the fiction of his alternative life, aided by a kind stranger who deposits books at his door-step. At night Leo reads these fantastic stories by stolen-light, and later they seep into his dreams, where he is enthralled and inspired by the beauty of an older neighbor-girl he fancies his muse and future lover. "Because I dream, I am..." Leolo reiterates throughout this bitter-sweet tale of a bright mind besieged by the inequities of life. While punctuated with hilarious episodes of mock-heroism, and scored by a delightful Tom Waits soundtrack, the film subtly reveals the brutalities that imperil Leo's comming of age. While we hope, with the protagonist, that art can triumph over the hardships of life, the film refuses the sadder-but-wiser narratives of redemption that usually underpin this genre. The innoscence and wisdom of a child's perspective is relayed in all of its precariousness. If you liked "My Life as a Dog," "400 Blows," or "Slingshot," this film will blow you away! More bitter than sweet, "Leolo" is a comming of age story that dares to question the faith we put in the creative individual to convert our collective social failures into the necessary conditions of art. Read more ›
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16 of 21 people found the following review helpful
By Holden
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Jean-Claude Lauzon was, no doubt, a troubled genius. I have seen Leolo many times and also the documentary about its director titled Lauzon Lauzon.

Leolo is a work of art. Lauzon attacked this project like a composer attacks a symphony. Its said that he played tapes of the musical scores for the producer, while standing over his shoulder and demanding that he read the script immediately.

Lauzon used music like a knife to make his points in some scenes. We hear the sacred tones of classical hymn while we see the gritty sometimes profane reality that Leolo lives in. There is Catholic symbolism and guilt oozing out of this film. The voice who speaks to us off an on throughout the film is excellent; through the voice of the archivist, of Leolo's

papers and deepest thoughts, we are allowed access to his psyche. The voice is also in English on the DVD.

Maxime Collin is an incredible young actor. He plays Leo who refuses to be a french Canadian boy from the poorest part of Montreal and instead he is Leolo a white shirted Italian boy who lives for romance and beauty (oh yes and the Italian Countryside is beautiful). Our main charter repeats over and over, "I think therefore I am not". There is a lot here that Leolo would "not" want to be. Crazy for starters as his family home is a bit of an asylum.

If you're squeamish, steer away, there are gritty scenes here. Yes a cat gets defiled (among other things), but for the prudish reviewer who claimed he smashed his tape at this point, I really doubt that the cat was hurt. Kinda of like the horses didn't really die in Brave Heart, my friend! Look beyond the cat to the social statement that is being made about the boy who is involved.
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21 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A sensitive, beautiful, and extremely poetic film. July 12, 2003
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This is a dark comedy that has much in common with the wonderful French film by Patrice LeConte entitled The Hairdresser's Husband. Certainly the two films are in the same genre. The film is a backwards and forwards look at the life of a gifted young lad named Leo, unlucky enough to be born a Silk Purse in a family of Sow's Ears, to complete the metaphor. Leo has the soul of a poet, and we hear his exquisite thoughts weaving the film together. The voice-overs are in French, of course, which makes them even more beautiful.
Leo is a dreamer, and his story is about the importance of dreams, and of love. The film is full of premonitions and gives many clues about events to come. It's a journey into the agonies and longings and ordeals of coming-of-age, but it's also much more. It's at times zany, playful, tragic, poetic, pensive, and thoughtful. It's filled with contrasts: innocence and depravity, sweetness and brutality, melancholy and etheriality, images of beauty and squalor, picturesque, warm vistas of Sicily and the cold starkness of tenements in Canada, a loving family cavorting on a Sunday outing and the craziness existing within that same family, just to name a few. The wonderful sensitivity and beautiful poetic quality of this film are exquisite to savor. It is a film that takes its time to tell its story, and finding that wonderful quality in a film is a true delight. So many films made in this country and in the world are compacted into staccato images that hit one's psyche like a machine gun. This one lingers on the images it presents, and imparts its message in its own time, on its own terms, and in its own unique way.
This is a film that needs to be seen more than once. It's complex and deep and wide-ranging and ambitious in scope.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best movie one what insanity can look like
I saw this movie years ago and to this date it has stayed with me. I've only seen it once and everything about this movie was just so fascinating. Read more
Published 17 months ago by E. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Shocking At Tims But Isn't That What It's All About
I saw this movie years ago and it's always been a favorite of mine. Was happy to loacte it on Amazon. Read more
Published on August 9, 2012 by Peaceful_Inhaler
2.0 out of 5 stars And your point is...?
So what did we learn from this film?
That there are some surprising uses for a piece of raw liver.
That we should beware of Grandfather. Read more
Published on April 17, 2009 by John Bonavia
4.0 out of 5 stars DAMIEN
Published on September 29, 2008 by DAMIEN
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful
WOW! What a great movie. It is tastefully created from all of the aspects. There is great scenery and camera work, wonderful soundtrack and great acting by a group of obviously... Read more
Published on May 26, 2006 by WD
5.0 out of 5 stars one of the best films ever
I saw this movie when I was in my early twinty's, the way Léolo grew up, is one of the ways you can grew up where I was born here in Belgium. Read more
Published on January 30, 2006 by Steve Van Geert
2.0 out of 5 stars Depressing and pointless
I strongly disagree with the positive reviews on this site and with the people who list Leolo as one of the best movies ever made. I found it to be depressing and pointless. Read more
Published on January 22, 2006 by LF
1.0 out of 5 stars SICK DISGUSTING & REVOLTING
The only useful comment I have found on this section is the one of the viewer who smashed the tape after the cat scene. Read more
Published on July 22, 2005 by Viewer
5.0 out of 5 stars Touched by Genius this is a Beautiful film **10 Stars***
Jean-Claude Lauzon was, no doubt, a troubled genius. I have seen Leolo many times and also the documentary about its director titled Lauzon Lauzon.
Leolo is a work of art. Read more
Published on October 20, 2004 by Holden
4.0 out of 5 stars Perverse, deep and difficult to forget
Do not believe the boxcover that portrays this as a delightful comedy about sexual curiosity! Leolo is much darker than that. Read more
Published on June 30, 2004 by Thomas B. Talbot
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