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Leolo [VHS]

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  • Actors: Maxime Collin, Ginette Reno, Denys Arcand, Pierre Bourgault, Julien Guiomar
  • Directors: Jeane-Claude Lauzon
  • Language: French
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Tartan
  • VHS Release Date: 20 Sep 1993
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B00004CNNK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 365,740 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Product Description

Leolo is a French Canadian boy who retreats into a world of fantasy to combat the squalor of the Montreal slums and his mad family. Black comedy directed by Jean-Claude Lauzon. French with English subtitles.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 Feb 2000
Format: VHS Tape
I liked this film a lot, but it's hard to put my reasons into words! Our young hero Leolo inhabits two worlds simultaneously - the real world of the filthy Montreal slum apartment where he lives with his mad, sadistic family, and the fantasy world of alpine Italy where he lives an idyllic existence. The contrast between Leolo's two worlds is what makes the film unique - in his imagination he's in love with a fantasy version of a local girl; in the film's squalid reality the same girl is the victim of an old man's voyeurism. Many of the images in this video will make you squirm (such as the scene where Leolo makes innovative use of a side of meat which is later served up as the family dinner) but for every gruesome scene there's a parallel vision of beauty. Definitely an interesting film, this one!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Brilliant! 9 Jun 2005
By Jerry Barron - Published on Amazon.com
Leolo is a masterpiece in filmmaking-a dreamlike coming of age story that echoes David Lynch and Federico Felllini, and even predates Jean-Pierre Jeunet. Dark, weird, and, yes, disturbing, Leolo is the story of an imaginative young French-Canadian who believes himself conceived by his mother's clumsy meeting with a tomato.

I have been waiting for this film on DVD since the format's invention having seen it in an art house in 1992. Also since 1992, I had been waiting expectantly and hopefully for Jean-Claude Lauzon to make another film. Tragically, Lauzon died in a plane crash in 1997 while preparing his third film.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A beautiful, if unsettling film 9 July 2005
By Maye Moreno - Published on Amazon.com
Leolo tells the story of a young boy living in a slum. He writes in a notebook scenes of his own bizarre family life plagued with sadness, his father's scatological obsessions, his mother's unconditional love for him and his sibling's slow but inevitable descent into madness, he falls in love with a beautiful girl that does dirty favors for his lecherous grandfather, so he decides to murder him and fails.

Each page he writes, he rips off from the notebook and throws it away. A junk-collector, to whom Leo refers as the "Verse Tamer" (the one who gave him his first and only book, that is used as a prop for a short table leg and that he reads in secret in the middle of the night) picks up these wrinkled pages and collects them, being the only one to realize the strength and beauty of the boy's prose.

As time goes by, Leolo begins to slip, having failed at grasping a scrap of reason in his sad life.

Leolo is a beautiful movie, photography and music blending well to wrap a heartbreaking story of dreams unborn.
1 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Be warned, this is strong stuff 20 Feb 2005
By R. Steinhardt - Published on Amazon.com
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This film has a few comic moments but it has a very dark theme that in no way relates to a normal coming of age film. It is powerful and is a work of art but the director makes his mark on us by crossing many lines, making a film that frankly could not be shown in any public theater I know of. It is a work of despair. Heavy use of symbols to code whether something is actual or imagined. The main theme is the harm done to childhood both by the social environment and by genetic and abuse-caused brain damage. There are scenes of both child and animal abuse.

This is the second and last film from this director, who died in a small plane crash soon after this film was finished.
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