Léolo (1992 | Director: Jean-Claude Lauzon, 107 mins.)
Young Léolo (Collin) lives in a Montreal apartment building with his chaotic and eccentric family, but he spends much of his time in his own imagination.
Lauzon’s critically acclaimed film tells the tale from Léolo’s point-of-view, alternating the stark reality of his dysfunctional home life with the surrealistic imagery and fantasy sequences into which Léolo retreats, in order to escape the family drama that surrounds him. Eventually, this precarious balance of reality and fantasy begins to crack. A haunting score by Tom Waits accentuates Léolo’s breakdown.
This disturbing, visually stunning, magical realist coming-of-age tale won three Genie Awards and was named one of the Top 10 films of 1993 by Time Out. In 2015, a poll conducted by the Toronto International Film Festival named it one of the Top 10 Canadian Films of all time.
Roger Ebert called it “a film that stirs in the shadows of memory for everyone who has ever seen it, a film that cannot be classified and can hardly be explained”.
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