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LEO is sometimes frustrating in its complexity, but as the movie unfolds, we are given both a poignant and disturbing look at maternal love, filial devotion, and the sad case of how society can dictate how one reacts. It is a very original movie, well done and worth your time.
Norowzian takes elements of what could be a classic, campy southern gothic tale, and gives it a fine "Euro-treatment" - a more noticeable and welcome change over the last decade or so in American independents. (American director, Tag Purvis achieves a similar evocation of a mysterious South in "Red Dirt")
Norowzian takes this screenplay loosely populated with characters from Joyce's "Ulysses" and bends them into a story seamlessly reaching back and forth through decades - racing, hurtling towards its inevitable and beautiful collisionary conclusion.
As Stephen, Joseph Fiennes turns in a performance that can be called nothing less than amazing. Even when silent (which is much of the film) Fiennes' presence is masterful, and cuts to the soul as a man released from a wrongful prison sentence.
Elizabeth Shue is harrowing and wears Mary's vulnerability like a badge of shame as she sinks into hopeless alcoholism and abusive neglect of her son, Leo.
As Leo, watch out for David Sweat, a young actor who inhabits the title role with an intensity and though fiercely intelligent, devoid entirely of preciousness or precosciousness.
Strong performances come also from Sam Shepherd, Dennis Hopper, and Deborah Unger who gives an master class in acting through facial expressions and body language providing myriad insights into what on the surface appears to be a minor role, but whose character inhabits all the qualities of the central characters and who's ultimate crisis serves as the catalyst for the story's denouement.Read more ›
Parallel to this story is the life of a convicted felon Stephen (Joseph Fiennes) who is in a nearby prison and to whom young Leo has written a letter, fulfilling a school assignment. Stephen is released from prison and spends his time - when not employed by the local café where behind the counter misdeeds occur daily between waitress Caroline (Deborah Unger) and rascal Horace (Dennis Hopper) - writing letters to Leo.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Leo appears to involve the adult Stephen just released from prison reliving his childhood as he writes about it culminating in the events that led up to his being sent to prison. Read morePublished on July 1, 2014 by Garth R. Mailman
First, I am not for economic patriotism like the French, but I feel that if you are going to sell a DVD in the USA and put Spanish or French subtitles, the DVD should also offer... Read morePublished on June 19, 2014 by kitzler
This movie was interesting but I certainly would not give a better rating than okay. It had a good storyline that's all I can say.Published on November 24, 2012 by Lavender
Great little independent type movie. It's a dark dramatic film with several story lines going on at once (but easy to follow). Great acting within a great story. Read morePublished on March 29, 2009 by J. Martin
A really small sleeper movie that delivers a strong dramatic punch. Elizabeth Shue is great as a the abusive, guilt-wracked mom. Read morePublished on January 4, 2009 by Bradley F. Smith
The story seems to have been concocted around each of the principal actors' sterotypical characters...especially Hopper. Read morePublished on April 8, 2008 by K. Sloan