Because I Dream...
Alone, in the dead of night, a young boy writes in a little notebook. His words speak of the squalid life of the tenements and courtyards of East Montreal, and of a family plagued by madness. Léolo lives his daily life among strangers: a hypochondriac father, a brother whose obsessive bodybuilding betrays his fear of others, two sisters who spend more and more time on the psychiatric ward, and a grandfather who is held responsible for the genetic failure of the entire family. Only Léolo’s sweet-tempered mother rises above the chaos.
Léolo’s own obsessions centre on Bianca, the beautiful but remote Italian neighbour; she is his first love. As he is dragged further and further down into the family’s insanity, Léolo escapes into his imagination, retreating into a dream world symbolised by the ancient theatre at Taormina, where Bianca awaits him...
Léolo is the second feature film by award-winning French-Canadian screenwriter and director Jean-Claude Lauzon, who achieved immense critical acclaim before his death in 1997. Nominated for a prestigious Golden Palm at Cannes, the film has won numerous awards, including Best Canadian Feature Film at the Toronto Film Festival and Best Screenplay at Vancouver International Film Festival. Léolo features a strong, internationally renowned cast including singer Ginette Reno (making her film début as Léolo’s mother), Julien Guiomar as Léolo’s grandmother, Pierre Bourgault as the Word Tamer, and Maxime Collin as Léolo.
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- Number of Discs
- 1.78:1 / Colour
- Stereo / French
- 2 / PAL
- 106 mins approx