A Montreal high school student who believes he is the reincarnation of Leon Trotsky starts a revolution against apathy among his fellow students.


Jacob Tierney


Jacob Tierney
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Liane Balaban ... Nadza
Jay Baruchel ... Leon Bronstein
Taylor Baruchel Taylor Baruchel ... School Girl #2
Dan Beirne ... Dan (as Daniel Beirne)
Domini Blythe ... Mrs. Davis
Jonathan Bosco Jonathan Bosco ... Horne (Kid in Costume)
Hélène Bourgeois Leclerc ... Female Cop
Justin Bradley Justin Bradley ... Jimmy
Geneviève Bujold ... Denise Archambault
Anne-Marie Cadieux ... Anna Bronstein
Jesse Camacho ... Skip
Cecile Cristobal Cecile Cristobal ... TV Reporter Haiyan Zhang
Darren Curtis Darren Curtis ... Taxi Driver
Paul Doucet ... Male Cop
Guy Dufaux Guy Dufaux ... Homeless Person


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. Written by Alliance Films

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The revolution begins in high school See more »


Comedy | Drama


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Jay Baruchel's sister, Taylor Baruchel, not only has a supporting role in this film, but shares a birthday with the real Leon Trotsky. See more »


When Frank is telling Leon about his (Frank's) experience with protests in the U.S., his listing of events is comically inaccurate. For example, he says there were "massive demonstrations all over the U.S. during the middle of the Kennedy Administration" -- when protests over Vietnam did not begin until the Johnson Administration. He also says that "Woodstock and Patty Hearst" were contemporaneous when the Woodstock Festival was in 1969 and Patty Hearst was kidnapped in 1974. See more »


Leon: What the hell are you afraid of? Letting somebody love you?
Alexandra Leith: No, Leon, I'm afraid of who will play me in the TV movie about us.
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Crazy Credits

After credits a usually confused Leon is seen walking up to a bench and sitting on it in a jump suit. See more »


References Norma Rae (1979) See more »


Scheherazade - The Sea & Sinbad's
Written by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
The Music People
Courtesy of The Music People Ltd.
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15 October 2012 | by cekadahSee all my reviews

Boredom and Apathy - that is what this movie is all about. (In my opinion)

The lead character Leon and his Trotsky obsession are actually symbolic of leadership. Trotsky dealt with apathy and boredom but found his means to manifest the phenomena of the Russian revolution. Leon must deal with apathy and boredom but will he become a leader?

The Odessa Steps dream sequences are a delightful and comical look into Leons head. The movie is worth seeing just for this!

I greatly enjoyed the skillful performances from each character. Their dialog is top notch and the director pulls this 'Trotsky' idea together nicely.

What is the fate of Leon - we will never know.

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Release Date:

5 May 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Trotsky See more »

Filming Locations:

Montréal, Québec, Canada


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CAD6,400,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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