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The Trotsky

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In this hilarious comedy, Leon Bronstein (Jay Baruchel, Tropic Thunder) is an unusually intense teenager who believes, with an incredible sense of purpose, that his name defines his destiny. Like his namesake Leon Trotsky, the celebrated Russian revolutionary and socialist theorist, Leon must do all he canusing his handy flash cardsto throw off the mantle of the rich and the privileged class. .When Leon's father (Saul Rubinek, Warehouse 13) gives his son a part-time job at the family clothing factory and within a day Leon is leading his fellow workers in a sit-down strike, he is punished by being sent to public school. There the would-be revolutionary finds new ways to battle fascismrepresented by Principal Berkhoff (Colm Feore, 24) and Mrs. Davis (Domini Blythe), a teacher eager to give her students detention. Leon's pursuit of social justice leads him to Frank (Michael Murphy, X-Men: The Last Stand), a burned-out activist turned college professor, and Frank's thesis student, named Alexandra (Emily Hampshire) like Trotsky's great love, who Leon believes to be his future bride.

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  • Actors: JAY BARUCHEL, DOMINI BLYTHE, GENEVIÈVE BUJOLD, ANNEMARIE CADIEUX, JESSE CAMACHO
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Tribeca
  • DVD Release Date: December 14, 2010
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003VWC52U
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #77,512 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Trotsky" on IMDb

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This is a wonderfully dark comedy about a Canadian teenager who genuinely thinks he is the reincarnation of Lev Davidovitch Bronstein, better known as Russian revolutionary Leon Trotsky. He imposes his own reality on those around him, much to their frustration, but no one can deny his determination. He's a one-man wrecking ball who won't take no for an answer. Trotsky's first wife was called Alexandra and was 10 years older than him. So when our teenager meets a 27-year-old woman called Alexandra, he pursues her with enormous energy. He infuriates his father so much that he's pulled out of his expensive private school and sent to a west Montreal high school, where he angers the strict new headmaster by insisting the students be allowed to create a union. The film cracks along and there is a regular supply of laughs -- forget those who say you need an understanding of the Russian Revolution to really appreciate what's happening. The climax of the film, where the young Trotsky learns whether his attempts to unionise the school, descends into something of a cliche. That said, the director recovers his touch and "The Trotsky" ends on a delightful tone. This is one of the best films I've seen this year.
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"Even if seeing only half of the film during an Air Canada flight back to England and then again on Netflix, I knew this is the best comedy I have witnessed in 2010 and one of the best things the Canadian film industry come to offer.

Even if a little stranger than a US counterpart, the film encompasses everything great in a comedy and more with smart and sharp satire through the perspective of youth. We don't get to witness a lot of films that deal with communism and solidarity in comic format through young people. This is all so splendid but may prove very controversial for parents of conservative viewpoints. Let alone, it allows teenagers, even with multiple f-words and one use of the c-word to appreciate politics and current affairs surrounding their life and schooling.

It places every particular cliche out of the bin, with the exception of Bronstein's girlfriend, to great potential. The acting is pretty good from Jay Baruchel, often known for doing corny comedies. The influx of the dream sequences (falling baby), culture of Montreal's youth, the French-English cross-speech, and the ending credits and humour give a bit of a Wes Anderson meets John Hughes and pseudo-Sacha Baron Cohen feel to the film. Slight anomalies occur with the romance subplot and the loss of plotline momentum toward the middle and early 2/3rds.

Even if you're viewpoints regarding Trotsky and Lenin speak otherwise, let not this discourage you from seeing a film that is FAR better and intelligent than The Hangover."
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I loved this movie.. Jay Baruchal is such a good actor.. I cant wait till this is out on DVD.

if you like politics you will especially like this movie and will understand some of the scenes better.. though it does not matter what political philosophy you hold..

there is a hilarious part involving Ayn Rand..

this movie is my favorite in long time.
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Jay Baruchel ("How to Train Your Dragon," "She's Out of My League" and "Tropic Thunder") plays a high-school student named Leon who is barking mad. To the consternation of his exasperated parents, he insists that he is the reincarnation of Leon Trotsky, the notorious Communist who was a leader of the Russian Revolution in 1917.

His first attempt at a summer job fails abysmally because he tries to organize the workers into a labor union, at his father's business! His activism causes enough trouble at school that his parents, in an attempt to punish him, condemn him to a (gasp!) PUBLIC SCHOOL for his next year of high school. Undaunted, he forges ahead, trying to create a Student Union that is a real union of students, complete with demands of the faculty. Of course his main challenge is the apathy of his classmates.

Given today's economic climate, his anti-business/anti-bankers rants actually garnered a spattering of applause in the 2010 Seattle International Film Festival audience. It is fun to see a comedy that isn't about T & A, but instead about a youthful psyche groping with some serious philosophies.

You can get this on regular DVD or Blu Ray from Amazon.com.
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"The Trotsky" is one of those films that I wholeheartedly loved for at least half of its running time. A deliciously dark comedy about a Canadian youth who imagines he's the reincarnation of Russian revolutionary leader Leon Trotsky, this film begins as a strong satire of idealism gone awry. The running joke, throughout, is that our hero has very little to rebel against--he's just in love with the idea that he is a relevant trailblazer. But, in fact, he's no trailblazer at all. He's just trying to mirror his life according to the facts of Trotsky's existence--right down to his love life. It's a sly and smart skewering of politics and teen rebellion. The fact that his activism has very little real world context is quite amusing as there is no obvious cause to be fought. But just as the picture had won me over--a subtle shift starts occurring and we're meant to take this arbitrary and absolutely meaningless struggle seriously. A completely implausible, and somewhat creepy, romantic entanglement doesn't help. Once I felt like the movie was asking me to embrace the student as a hero, my good will went south pretty quickly as the movie didn't seem to be in on its own joke anymore.

Jay Baruchel capably plays our wannabe revolutionary. The film begins as he organizes a hysterically inept hunger strike at his father's factory. The early family scenes work equally well as Baruchel verbally spars with his father (a great Saul Rubinek). The twist of seeing this privileged youth fighting for the teeming masses elicits many laugh out loud moments as he is seemingly disconnected from the hypocrisy of his lifestyle. His father takes a page from the real Trotsky and forces his son to attend (gasp!) public school. However, this being Canada--the school is quite lovely.
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