Lawrence O'Toole
March 18, 1994 AT 05:00 AM EST

Leolo

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
Unrated
performer
Ginette Reno, Maxime Collin
director
Jean-Claude Lauzon
author
Jean-Claude Lauzon
genre
Foreign Language

We gave it an A-

Leolo, Jean-Claude Lauzon’s bittersweet shaggy-dog story of a boy (Maxime Collin) growing up in a mad, dysfunctional family, is wildly inventive, subversive, sensual, and filled with compassion for its weird and troubled humanity. Narrated from Leolo’s journals, the film has a striking novelistic quality. ”Solitude is my castle,” writes Leolo, who views his world (a cowardly bodybuilding brother, an immense and loving mother, a father obsessed with the regularity of his family’s defecation) with the clarity and detachment of one who has achieved a fearful and painful isolation even before childhood’s end. A-

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