The Trotsky International Trailer B (2009)

A second International trailer for The Trotsky.

Jacob Tierney's hilarious The Trotsky follows Leon Bronstein (the phenomenal Jay Baruchel, in a star-making performance), a precocious Montreal teen who fervently believes himself to be the reincarnation of Russian revolutionary Leon Trotsky. He's determined to duplicate every aspect of Trotsky's life, including being exiled, at least twice, and ultimately assassinated. His most pressing issues right now, though, are finding his Lenin and an older wife, preferably named Alexandra.

When Leon tries to unionize his father's factory after working there for less than twenty-four hours, he's punished by having funds cut off for the ritzy private school he's been attending. Forced to enroll in a public high school, Leon finds his revolutionary zeal immediately tested when he meets the crusty, dictatorial Principal Berkhoff (Colm Feore) and his henchwoman, Mrs. Davis (Domini Blythe). Do the students he's desperately trying to organize genuinely care about their lot in life? Or, as Berkhoff maintains, are they just apathetic?

Possibly the most intriguing creation in recent English Canadian cinema, Leon is two parts Lloyd Dobler from Say Anything and three parts the dogma-spouting volunteers from Ken Loach's Land and Freedom. Baruchel, whose previous credits include Tropic Thunder and Million Dollar Baby, gives Leon just the right mixture of hysteria and adolescent angst.

Baruchel's comrades-in-arms include Saul Rubinek as Leon's put-upon father; AnneMarie Cadieux as his stepmother; Michael Murphy as aging radical Frank McGovern; the legendary Geneviève Bujold as the head of the school board; and the luminous Emily Hampshire as Leon's intended, Alexandra.

One of the most appealing aspects of the movie is that it is unreservedly Canadian and packed with very specific, slyly funny cultural references, ranging from gags about the French-English divide in Montreal to Ben Mulroney's ancestry.

The Trotsky is spirited fun yet also asks serious questions about just how committed we are to our ideals. In The Trotsky, laughter is revolutionary.

2 min 17 sec


Posted On
March 08, 2010
Jacob Tierney

Jacob Tierney


September 13, 2009
Jay Baruchel
Geneviève Bujold
Anne-Marie Cadieux
Colm Feore
Emily Hampshire
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