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Directed by Jean-Claude Lauzon
Produced by Aimée Danis
Lyse Lafontaine
Written by Jean-Claude Lauzon
Starring Gilbert Sicotte
Maxime Collin
Ginette Reno
Julien Guiomar
Release dates
  • September 1992 (1992-09)
Running time
107 minutes
Country Canada
Language French

Léolo is a 1992 film by Quebecois director Jean-Claude Lauzon. The film was selected as the Canadian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 65th Academy Awards, but was not accepted as a nominee.[1][2]

The film tells the story of Léo Lauzon (Maxime Collin), a young boy living in a Montreal tenement with his dysfunctional family. He uses his active fantasy life and the book L'avalée des avalés by Québécois novelist Réjean Ducharme to escape the reality of his life. After deciding that his mother (Ginette Reno) was impregnated not by his father, but by an Italian tomato, he rechristens himself Léolo Lozone, and begins to have sexual fantasies about his neighbour Bianca (Giuditta del Vecchio).

Gilbert Sicotte, as the adult Léolo, narrates the film. The cast also includes Pierre Bourgault, Andrée Lachapelle, Denys Arcand, Julien Guiomar and Germain Houde.

It was Lauzon's final film; he died in a plane crash in 1997 while working on his next project.



The film was entered into the 1992 Cannes Film Festival.[3]

In 2005, TIME named Léolo one of Time's All-TIME 100 Movies.[4] In 2015, the Toronto International Film Festival placed it in the Top 10 Canadian Films of All Time.[5]

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  1. ^ Margaret Herrick Library, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
  2. ^ "Foreign Oscar entries submitted". Variety. Retrieved 20 September 2015. 
  3. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Léolo". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 2009-08-15. 
  4. ^ "All-Time 100 Movies". Time. 2005-02-12. Retrieved 2010-05-07. 
  5. ^ "Top 10 Canadian Films of All Time," The Canadian Encyclopedia, 2012, URL accessed 2 May 2015.

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