Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Jacob Tierney|
|Produced by||Kevin Tierney|
|Written by||Jacob Tierney|
|Edited by||Arthur Tarnowski|
|Distributed by||Alliance Films|
The Trotsky is a 2009 Canadian comedy film directed by Jacob Tierney.
Montreal West high school student Leon Bronstein (Jay Baruchel) believes that he is the reborn incarnation of bolshevik leader Leon Trotsky. Shortly after he starts to work in his family's clothing factory, he attempts to unionize the workplace with such actions as a hunger strike. He is pulled from his upper-class private school by his father (Saul Rubinek) and sent to the public school system. There, he continues his quest to live out Trotsky's activism, as he is pitted against the strong-willed principal Mr. Berkhoff (Colm Feore). Meanwhile, he seeks romance with older graduate student Alexandra (Emily Hampshire).
- Liane Balaban as Nadza
- Jay Baruchel as Leon Bronstein
- Taylor Baruchel as School Girl #2
- Dan Beirne as Dan
- Domini Blythe as Mrs. Davis
- Jonathan Bosco as Horne (Kid in Costume)
- Hélène Bourgeois Leclerc as Female Cop
- Justin Bradley as Jimmy
- Geneviève Bujold as Denise Archambault
- Anne-Marie Cadieux as Anne Bronstein
- Jesse Camacho as Skip
- Cecile Cristobal as Reporter Haiyan Zhang
- Darren Curtis as Taxi Driver
- Paul Doucet as Male Cop
- Guy Dufaux as Homeless Person
- Colm Feore as Principal Berkhoff
- Angela Galuppo as Sheila
- Kyle Gatehouse as School Boy
- Alain Goulem as Police Chief (as Al Goulem)
- Dan Haber as Achmed
- Emily Hampshire as Alexandra Leith
- Trevor Hayes as Stage Hand
- David Julian Hirsh as Eli Bronstein
- Kaniehtiio Horn as Caroline (as Tiio Horn)
- Pat Kiely as Julien
- Sarah-Jeanne Labrosse as School Girl #1
- Ricky Mabe as Tony
- Linda Malo as Marie
- Michael Murphy as Frank McGovern
- Jessica Paré as Laura
- Tommie-Amber Pirie as Sarah Bronstein
- Jesse Rath as Dwight
- Erika Rosenbaum as Becca
- Saul Rubinek as David Bronstein
- Paul Spence as History Teacher
- Jacob Tierney as V.I. (Lenin)
- Kevin Tierney as David Bronstein's Partner
- Jacklin Webb as Principal Berkhoff's Secretary
- Troy Michael as Himself (as Baby Troy)
- Mary L. Milne as Herself (as Mary Milne)
- Ben Mulroney as Himself
- Anthony Ecclissi as Che Guevara / Student (uncredited)
- Li Li as Private School Girl #1 (uncredited)
- Cara Reynolds as Young Woman Wearing Carmen Miranda Costume (uncredited)
- Jesse Vinet as Private School Girl #2 (uncredited)
The film was first previewed at the Toronto International Film Festival 11 September 2009. In the United States, it was screened at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival. Its general Canadian release was on 14 May 2010.
The Trotsky received mostly favorable reviews from critics. The Toronto Star gave The Trotsky a positive review, particularly of the cast. Another positive review from Montreal's The Gazette noted the "inspired, often-dangerously-funny screenplay" of the "too-talented" Tierney, likening the film to Ferris Bueller's Day Off.
- "The Trotsky". Toronto International Film Festival. September 2009. Retrieved 18 May 2010.[dead link]
- Barnard, Linda (13 May 2010). "The Trotsky: Revolution for the teenaged masses". The Star (Toronto). Retrieved 18 May 2010.
- Kelly, Brendan (26 August 2008). "The Tierney revolution is coming!". Montreal: The Gazette. Retrieved 18 May 2010.
- "The Trotsky makes U.S. debut at Tribeca". CBC News. 15 March 2010. Retrieved 18 May 2010.
- Farquharson, Vanessa (11 May 2010). "The Trotsky's Jay Baruchel: On moviemaking, microphones and mom tattoos". National Post. Retrieved 18 May 2010.
- Kelly, Brendan (14 May 2010). "Review: The Trotsky". Retrieved 18 May 2010.[dead link]
- "The Trotsky (2010)". Retrieved 23 July 2010.