The Trotsky

2009

Action / Comedy / Drama

27
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 83%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 71%
IMDb Rating 6.8 10 5331

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Cast

Jay Baruchel as Leon Bronstein
Jessica Paré as Laura
Emily Hampshire as Alexandra Leith
Kaniehtiio Horn as Caroline
720p.BLU
651.18 MB
1280*720
English
NR
23.976 fps
2hr 0 min
P/S 1 / 21

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by jessicacoco2005 8 / 10

Intelligent, Great Teenage Comedy Film!

Divided as individuals we fall.However united..

♫♫The People United can never be defeated♫♫.

Are you into teenage comedies? Do you like films that delve into activism? It's true it's a bit too long and could use some desperate editing near the middle to make the film flow better and keep one's interest. However, it's still one of the best teenage films ever. Better than Ferris Bueller's Day Off could ever be and with a great message. Even Stalinists and Anarchists can enjoy this film due to its revolutionary message, which stresses the importance of having vision and dedication along with the understanding that things can only change by organizing.

Leon Bronstein believes he is the reincarnation of the revolutionary Leon Bronstein better known as Leon Trotsky. Despite the fact the main premise sounds somewhat silly. It works. We really do believe this confused young man's identity crisis. This Leon gives a whole new definition of Student Union. As Leon says in the film had sexually abused children had a student union they could have stopped the abuse.

The film delves into the question of what constitutes a rebellious high school spirit: Is it the pot-smoker wearing the Che Guevara T-shirt or the dork who organizes his school? As well as delving into the real meaning of why revolutions fail? Apathy and the need to overcome it.

The film shows that Goethe's famous line in Faust that "Despite all powers be not deterred" is a necessary ingredient to create change and that change is possible; that working people are capable of and responsible for their own liberation. Leon shows us that: Yes, we have the power to change the world. We just need the vision to do so. Is Revolution possible? Can Leon inspire his fellow students to take over the school? Viva la revolución! Long live the Revolution!

Reviewed by Red-125 9 / 10

School sucks, but it doesn't have to suck

The Trotsky (2009) is a Canadian film that was written and directed by Jacob Tierney. It stars Jay Baruchel as Leon Bronstein, a teenager growing up in an affluent neighborhood in English-speaking Montreal. Leon believes that he is the reincarnation of the Russian revolutionary leader Leon Trotsky. (Bronstein was Trotsky's real name.)

After trying to organize a union in his father's factory, Leon is not only fired, but he now will have to enter public school, rather than the private school he has been attending. In his new school, Leon first encounters Mrs. Davis, who appears to be a dean. She's played by the late Domini Blythe, a brilliant classical actor. In this role, Blythe plays the most satanic dean in any high school anywhere. Henry Berkhoff, the most satanic school principal, is played by another great actor--Colm Feore.

With the two of them standing shoulder-to-shoulder, the students don't have a chance. At least, they didn't have a chance until Leon Bronstein arrives. Using skilled organizing techniques, Bronstein is able to turn the students into a significant presence, which the school cannot ignore. (Especially when the TV cameras arrive.)

There's also a ridiculous romance between Leon and an older woman. The less said about that, the better. Just ignore that, and some other false starts, and enjoy Bronstein's fearless actions, as he tries to give the students a sense of their own dignity, and an opportunity to make their school better.

We saw this movie on the large screen at the wonderful Dryden Theatre in the Eastman Museum in Rochester. It was shown as part of the excellent Rochester Labor Film Series. The movie will work equally well on the small screen

Reviewed by SnoopyStyle 7 / 10

Neither Bored nor Apathy

Leon Bronstein (Jay Baruchel) is a gawky teen who idolizes Leon Trotsky and wants to unionize his father (Saul Rubinek)'s business. He hounds leftist lawyer Frank McGovern (Michael Murphy) unless he agrees to help. He meets older woman Alexandra Leith (Emily Hampshire). He is convinced that he is the reincarnation of Trotsky and she is Leon's first wife Aleksandra. Mocking his Trotsky reincarnation, his father takes him out of boarding school and put into a Montreal public high school. Principal Berkhoff (Colm Feore) runs a tight ship and they soon become adversaries. Leon needs to find his Lenin and joins the student union. He finds fascism in detention and tries to unionize his high school.

This is chalk full of charm. It's very cute with the awkward Jay Baruchel. He is adorably delusional. He's never annoying even though his character is stubbornly uncompromising. It could use a more comedic touch with the writing. The socialist references may go over most of the general public and it's not wacky enough for one of those crude teen comedies. It doesn't really fall into an easy category and it doesn't help that it is so laden with Canadiana. When it does go into wacky territories, it doesn't really do it in a LOL fashion. However its heart is in the right place and like Alexandra, one can't avoid the Leon storm and accept his insanity.

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