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!
Action / Comedy / Drama
Action / Comedy / Drama
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.
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