Léolo (Version française)
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Second et dernier long métrage, après Un zoo la nuit, de la comète Jean-Claude Lauzon, Léolo est un vigoureux poème visuel, jamais sentimental, toujours dense et touchant. Entre une mère monumentale de tendresse (Ginette Reno), un père toujours là et toujours absent, un grand-père libidineux (Julien Guiomar) et des frères et soeurs marqués par la peur et la folie, le petit Léo (Maxime Collin) rêve. Il rêve dItalie, dune famille inventée et dimprobables trésors au fond de leau. Il rêve sa vie parce que, répète-t-il constamment : Je rêve, donc je ne suis pas.
Présenté en compétition officielle au Festival de Cannes en 1992, Léolo a causé un émoi dans le cinéma québécois. Entre la poésie de Forcier et la virulence de Kusturica, Lauzon a su créer de toutes pièces un univers unique dans notre paysage cinématographique. Sa grande force réside dans les images : images-chocs (le garçon se masturbant dans du foie de veau !), images simples (la mère et son fils dans la salle dattente dun cabinet de médecin) et images fortes (la naissance de Léo), qui composent le véritable vocabulaire de ce cinéaste surdoué. Si lenchaînement de ces vignettes apparaît parfois décousu, et si la narration, superbement dite par Gilbert Sicotte, est souvent redondante, Léolo reste une oeuvre vibrante, un formidable hommage à lenfance.
À linstar des 400 Coups ou de Ma vie de chien, Léolo montre, sous le couvert dune autobiographie fantasmée, la naissance dun grand réalisateur, dont la mort prématurée a laissé un grand vide dans une cinématographie souvent trop sage… --Éric Fourlanty
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Leolo is a work of art. Lauzon attacked this project like a composer attacks a symphony. Its said that he played tapes of the musical scores for the producer, while standing over his shoulder and demanding that he read the script immediately.
Lauzon used music like a knife to make his points in some scenes. We hear the sacred tones of classical hymn while we see the gritty sometimes profane reality that Leolo lives in. There is Catholic symbolism and guilt oozing out of this film. The voice who speaks to us off an on throughout the film is excellent; through the voice of the archivist, of Leolo's
papers and deepest thoughts, we are allowed access to his psyche. The voice is also in English on the DVD.
Maxime Collin is an incredible young actor. He plays Leo who refuses to be a french Canadian boy from the poorest part of Montreal and instead he is Leolo's a white shirted Italian boy who lives for romance and beauty (oh yes and the Italian Countryside is beautiful). Our main charter repeats over and over, "I think therefore I am not". There is a lot here that Leolo would "not" want to be. Crazy for starters as his family home is a bit of an asylum.
If you're squeamish, steer away, there are gritty scenes here. Yes a cat gets defiled (among other things), but for the prudish reviewer who claimed he smashed his tape at this point, I really doubt that the cat was hurt. Kinda of like the horses didn't really die in Brave Heart, my friend! Look beyond the cat to the social statement that is being made about the boy who is involved.Read more ›
It is both a Drama and a Comedy, and the two go together seamlessly. It will have people laughing and feeling sad at the same time. Unlike other black comedies this one stays honest and completely believable. The film has a message that isn't simply shock, and everything is presented in it's natural duality. Everthing has it's cause and effect, and these are displayed unflinchingly. This movie goes full circle in a way that few can muster, highly recommended.
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Leo(lo) Lazone is a French Canadian boy who believes that he lives in Italy and is in love with a gorgeous young woman. Read morePublished on March 19 2012 by Kenneth O. Connor
Do not believe the boxcover that portrays this as a delightful comedy about sexual curiosity! Leolo is much darker than that. Read morePublished on June 30 2004 by Thomas B. Talbot
Leolo is a powerful, one of a kind masterpiece. I have never seen a film with such great photography, writing and acting. Read morePublished on Oct. 13 2003 by Matt Levine
As a cat lover, who had not read a review of this atrocity, I was appalled at the torture of the poor animal in this film. Read morePublished on May 30 2003
There are few movies that are this sick, this beautiful, and this funny. It is unforgettable. It's been a personal favorite for years and no one who I've shown it to or lent it to... Read morePublished on April 9 2003
I agree with the reviewer from Sillicon Valley. Sure this movie starts out with a few funny scenes, but it just gets more and more depressing as it goes along. Read morePublished on Nov. 16 2002 by Betito Medel
This movie is deffinetely 'outside the box' and a far cry from Hollywood formulas. One of the few movies to really get under my skin. Read morePublished on July 3 2001
This film, about a boy in French-Canada growing up in a family with twisted chromosomes, is stunning. Read morePublished on May 2 2001 by David Grim