MIFF 2010 Review: The Trotsky

31 Jul

Jay Baruchel plays a 17 year old Canadian high schooler named Leon Bronstein who believes he is the reincarnation of Russian revolutionary Leon Trotsky.

It is a novel and humorous concept and Baruchel plays the part well. The main theme of the film is ‘boredom vs apathy’ as Leon attempts to inspire his fellow high school students into a revolution by starting a student union.  The romantic sub-plot is a little cheesy, but well played out and the resolution could’ve been worse. (is that good, I’m not sure? – GM)

This tongue-in-cheek take on middle-class Marxism should be familiar to many and the overall the result is an enjoyable and funny film that, political views aside, should appeal to a wide audience. ***



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