Young Leo Lauzon is torn between two worlds – the squalid Montreal tenement that he inhabits with his severely dysfunctional (and largely insane) family, and the imaginative world that he constructs for himself through his writings, where he’s Leolo Lozone, son of a Sicilian peasant (conceived in a bizarre act involving a tomato). And his experiences of growing up (especially his sexual development) affect his response to both these worlds…
I found this movie on a used VHS tape the other day and decided to check it out since it was a Canadian production.
Man, I can’t decide whether I love or hate this movie. It’s just plain weird! Sometimes it had me laughing (like in the beginning with the tomato, later when Leolo trades his flies for his sister’s turd, etc); And then sometimes I was totally grossed out (like the cat scene). And the raw meat incident was sick, then later hilarious when it got served for dinner. There’s definitely some “toilet” humour throughout this film.
Almost always I watch movies for enjoyment and I try not to analyse too much because it often spoils my enjoyment. But I’ve noticed some really deep analysis from previous reviewers regarding this film. And honestly, some of it is way too deep for me. (Maybe I’m the ignorant savage in the art museum.).
I wouldn’t really class this movie as a comedy although it has some humorous scenes (very dark humour). I’d say this movie was more like a trip through a mental institution. It is a very haunting movie and I did find myself reflecting on it every so often for a while. It’s a thinker for sure. It seemed sensitive, but in a very harsh way.
Acting was very good in my opinion. Any actor who can pull off roles like the ones in this movie has to be good.
Normally, I’m not fond of narration. But for some reason it didn’t seem to bother me in this film. It sort of fit in better I guess.
This movie could freak out a lot of people. It’s really worth watching, but not for young kids. I gave it 8 out of 10 because it was well acted, made me think on it, and it was certainly unique. Also I respect a person who goes against the flow to make something original.
Director: Jean-Claude Lauzon
Writer: Jean-Claude Lauzon
Stars: Maxime Collin, Ginette Reno, Gilbert Sicotte
Country: Canada | France
Release Date: 16 September 1992 (France)
Also Known As: Léolo
Filming Locations: Italy
Format : Matroska
Format version : Version 4 / Version 2
File size : 1.79 GiB
Duration : 1 h 47 min
Overall bit rate : 2 393 kb/s