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Léolo Details

FULL SYNOPSIS

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 response to the weirdness of his daily life, Léolo creates a little mental mayhem of his own which Lauzon renders in an amazing series of free-form, surreal images. Eventually, this precarious balance of reality and fantasy cracks and Léolo is hospitalized after attempting to murder his grandfather. The score by Tom Waits underscores the narrative arc of Léolo's breakdown. On its release, the film won numerous awards including the International Fantasy Film Award for Best Director (1992) and a Genie Award for Best Original Screenplay (1992). ~ Brian Whitener, Rovi

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Genie Awards Jacques Plante Best Sound Editing 1992 Nominee
Genie Awards Jean-Pierre Lelong Best Sound Editing 1992 Nominee
Genie Awards Jocelyn Caron Best Sound 1992 Nominee
Genie Awards Marcel Pothier Best Sound Editing 1992 Nominee
Genie Awards Mathieu Beaudin Best Sound Editing 1992 Nominee
Genie Awards Michel Arcand Best Editing 1992 Winner
Genie Awards Richard Gregoire Best Sound Editing 1992 Nominee
Genie Awards Yvon Benoit Best Sound 1992 Nominee
Genie Awards Jean-Claude Lauzon Best Original Screenplay 1992 Winner
Genie Awards Jean-Claude Lauzon Best Director 1992 Nominee
Genie Awards François Séguin Best Art Direction/Production Design 1992 Nominee
Genie Awards Carole Gagnon Best Sound Editing 1992 Nominee
Genie Awards Francois Barbeau Best Costume Design 1992 Winner
Genie Awards Guy Dufaux Best Cinematography 1992 Nominee

Cast

Ginette Reno
as Mother
Roland Blouin
as Father
Julien Guiomar
as Grandfather
Pierre Bourgault
as The Word Tamer
Giudetta Del Vecchio
as Bianca
Andrée LaChapelle
as Psychiatrist
Denys Arcand
as Career Counselor
Germain Houde
as Teacher
Lorne Brass
as Fernand's Enemy
Gilbert Sicotte
as Narrator
Jacques Marcotte
as Fisher
Aron Tager
as Fishmonger
Luc Proulx
as Fisher
Karen Murphy
Marie-Helene Montpetit
as Nanette

Crew

Jean-Claude Lauzon
Director
Aimee Danis
Producer
Lyse Lafontaine
Producer
Jean-Claude Lauzon
Screenwriter
Guy Dufaux
Cinematographer
Gilbert Becaud
Composer (Music Score)
Tom Waits
Composer (Music Score)
Michel Arcand
Editor
François Séguin
Production Designer
Jean-Francois Lepetit
Co-producer
Doris Girard
Associate Producer
Frances Calder
Set Designer
André Chamberland
Set Designer
Francois Barbeau
Costume Designer
Jacques Plante
Sound/Sound Designer
Jocelyn Caron
Sound/Sound Designer
Yvon Benoit
Sound/Sound Designer
Jean-Pierre Lelong
Sound Editor
Richard Gregoire
Sound Editor
Marcel Pothier
Sound Editor
Mathieu Beaudin
Sound Editor
Carole Gagnon
Sound Editor
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