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Leolo

  • NR
  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • A dreamlike, hypnotic film, in which fantasy and reality inextricably merge, examines an unhappy child's desperate efforts to create an alternative, pleasurable world through his imagination and creativity. A young boy, stuck in an unbelievably neurotic and dysfunctional family, fills notebooks with his fantasies to escape the harsh reality of his life. In the key fantasy, Lolo (his made-up name) imagines he is the offspring of an Italian peasant and a particularly "fertile" tomato brought to Canada in a grocery shipment. These writings provide Leolo with a safe haven where he can forget his painful existence, but this ends when his notebooks are discovered by a local academic who unsuccessfully tries to convince his family and teachers of Leolo's talents. Leolo retreats from writing, and gradually loses himself in a world of his own imaginings. He is hospitalized, but steadfastly impervious to the proddings of the mental health professionals, he sinks further into his imagination, creating for himself a slightly more functional -- and beautiful -- reality than the one his family has provided.
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): ID1637LIDVD

  • Credits
    Maxime Collin, Ginette Reno, Julien Guiomar
  • Critic Reviews
    "...A lyrical film of surprising warmth. Lauzon is a talent to watch..."
    Rolling Stone

    "...Eccentric humor that gradually gives way to devastating seriousness....Thoroughly unpredictable..."
    New York Times

    "...With bold, precise strokes Lauzon portrays the magic and isolation of anybody's youth..."
    Film Comment

    "...LEOLO is an enchanting, disgusting, romantic, depressing, hilarious, tragic movie, and it is quite original....The structure of the film is another amazement, gradually revealing itself..."
    Chicago Sun-Times

    "...Lauzon's hypnotic visuals combine with ethereal Tom Waits vocals to put over this aggressively earthy French-Canadian childhood remembrance..."
    USA Today

    "[L]yrical and grotesque by turns, it is an autobiographical coming-of-age story....Lauzon doesn't skimp on the brutality, but there is plenty of visual invention too."
    Sight and Sound

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