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Jean-Claude Lauzon's highly praised film tells the strange story of Léolo, a young boy from Montréal. Told from Léolo's point-of-view, the film depicts his family of lunatics and Léolo's attempts to deal with them. Not one individual in the boy's life is well adjusted. His brother, after being beaten up, spends the film bulking up on growth protein. The grandfather hires half-naked girls to bite off his toenails and, in a brutal rage, almost kills Léolo. As he witnesses his family decay around him, Léolo retreats into himself and the fantasy world he has constructed. In… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A disturbing, imaginative, beautifully realized film."
‑ Hal Hinson, Washington Post
"Caught the big picture in a strikingly fresh way."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"A visionary yet profoundly disturbing masterpiece about a young boy's rites-of-passage into adult life."
‑ Bruce Kirkland, Jam! Movies
"A strangely-captivating motion picture."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"French-Canadian Lauzon's disturbing and audacious comin-of-age saga, which opened the 1993 Toronto Film Festival, centers on a boy who actually believes that his mother was impregnated by a sperm-covered tomato in Sicily!"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"I felt alive when I was watching it."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"The best Quebecois movie ever made."
‑ Kevin N. Laforest, Montreal Film Journal
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