Friday, August 17, 2007

Leolo (1992, Jean-Claude Lauzon)

"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"

This film plays out more like a film by Caro/Jeunet than anything else and I mean that in a very good way.

Lerolo takes the classic "my family members are crazy except me" plot but makes it all feel fresh and delightful due to the directors slighty surreal direction and the overall strength of the creenplay and voice over that runs through out the film.

Its a funny,odd,surreal,heartbreaking film and its even more heartbreaking that the talented director died in a tragic death before he could make a follow up feature. I have a feeling that he would have gone on to do more great films like this one. One can only wish.

- A-

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