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The Trotsky (2009)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 5 May 2010 (USA)
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A Montreal high school student who believes he is the reincarnation of Leon Trotsky starts a revolution against apathy among his fellow students.

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Jacob Tierney

Writer:

Jacob Tierney
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Liane Balaban ... Nadza
Jay Baruchel ... Leon Bronstein
Taylor Baruchel Taylor Baruchel ... School Girl #2
Dan Beirne ... Dan (as Daniel Beirne)
Domini Blythe ... Mrs. Davis
Jonathan Bosco Jonathan Bosco ... Horne (Kid in Costume)
Hélène Bourgeois Leclerc ... Female Cop
Justin Bradley Justin Bradley ... Jimmy
Geneviève Bujold ... Denise Archambault
Anne-Marie Cadieux ... Anna Bronstein
Jesse Camacho ... Skip
Cecile Cristobal Cecile Cristobal ... TV Reporter Haiyan Zhang
Darren Curtis Darren Curtis ... Taxi Driver
Paul Doucet ... Male Cop
Guy Dufaux Guy Dufaux ... Homeless Person
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Storyline

Leon Bronstein is not your average Montreal West high school student. For one thing, none of his peers can claim to be the reincarnation of early 20th century Soviet iconoclast and Red Army hero, Leon Trotsky. When his father sends Leon to public school as punishment for starting a hunger strike at Papa's clothing factory, Leon quickly lends new meaning to the term 'student union', determined as he is to live out his pre-ordained destiny to the fullest and change the world. Written by Alliance Films

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The revolution begins in high school See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English | French | Russian | Hebrew | German

Release Date:

5 May 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

High School Revolution See more »

Filming Locations:

Montréal, Québec, Canada

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Budget:

CAD6,400,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

One of the students in line for the social justice-themed dance is wearing a René Lévesque mask. Lévesque was the founder of the left-leaning Parti Québécois. He was famously portrayed by editorial cartoonists and satirists as a heavy smoker, so appropriately the student has a cigarette in his mouth. See more »

Quotes

Alexandra Leith: Did you tip off the press?
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Crazy Credits

After credits a usually confused Leon is seen walking up to a bench and sitting on it in a jump suit. See more »

Connections

Spoofs Battleship Potemkin (1925) See more »

Soundtracks

Prisa en la Cabeza
Written by Nestor Melguizo Medina
Nestor Melguizo Medina c/o Hey Day Media Group
Performed by Sonido Vegetal
From the album "Arena"
Courtesy of 5000 Records by Exclusive Arrangement with Key Day Media Group
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Good acting of Jay Baruchel in overextended movie
14 November 2012 | by lasgalletasSee all my reviews

I watched "The Trotsky" for Jay Baruchel and I'm not disappointed - his acting is great. He's funny and smart at the same time and he can deliver these qualities in a pretty good way. This is a strong side of that movie but here's a weak one - the scenario is too flat and too overextended.

Idea is pretty simple, movie could be more hilarious and less pretentious but director lost that chance.

There isn't a lot of political stuff because story focused mostly on one guy, his behavior and way of thinking, which is very well-played by Jay Baruchel.

For me, as Russian, all that pseudo-Soviet stuff in the movie is okay however there's just a small bunch of real Soviet artifacts with no any meaning or explanation to watcher and I wonder if they can decode what all these songs or posters or what radio voiceovers mean.


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