General · 8th December 2010
Friday, December 10th, 7:45 at the Quadra Community Centre.
When Leon tries to unionize his father’s Montreal factory after working there for less than twenty-four hours, his father punishes him by refusing to pay for the private school he’s been attending, and enrolling him in a public school. Leon’s revolutionary zeal is immediately tested when he meets the dictatorial Principal Berk-hoff, but the question isn’t so much whether Leon will succeed in getting a student bill of rights, but whether the students he’s organizing genuinely care about their lot in life.
Possibly the most intriguing and potentially legendary character in recent English Canadian cinema, Leon, with his perfect mixture of hysteria and plaintive adolescent angst, is unforgettably compelling. In The Trotsky, laughter itself is revolutionary, and the film inspires laughter in no short supply.