Young Leo Lauzon is torn between two worlds – the squalid Montreal tenement that he inhabits with his severely dysfunctional (and largely insane) family, and the imaginative world that he constructs for himself through his writings, where he’s Leolo Lozone, son of a Sicilian peasant (conceived in a bizarre act involving a tomato). And his experiences of growing up (especially his sexual development) affect his response to both these worlds… —IMDb
Jean-Claude Lauzon (September 29, 1953– August 10, 1997) was a Canadian filmmaker. Born to a humble family in Montréal, Québec, Canada, Lauzon worked a variety of odd jobs after dropping out of high school. He went on to study film at the Université du Québec à Montréal at the behest of Andre Petrowski, a member of the National Film Board of Canada. His two feature length films, Un zoo la nuit, and Leolo, established him as one of the most important Canadian directors of his time.
He was preparing his third film when he died, along with his girlfriend, Canadian actress Marie-Soleil Tougas, in a plane crash. On August 10, 1997 the Cessna 180K he was piloting flew into a mountainside in strong winds and rain near Kuujjuaq, Quebec while returning from a fishing trip.
His film Léolo was nominated at the 1992 Cannes Film Festival for the Golden Palm Award, and is listed as one of the 100 Best movies all time by Time Magazine. —Wikipedia
"I dream therefore I'm not..." Lauzon's second and final picture is one of Canada's finest films. The script was imagination run wild with the same maverick spirit applied to the film's visual sense. Full of vibrant, unsettling images but with a melancholic but nostalgic and endearing feel to it as well. Casting was perfection especially the image of the maternal quebecois madre encaptured by Ginette Reno. Aces.
Beautiful and dreamlike. This wasn't the light hearted comedy the poster led me to expect it to be, but it was definitely enjoyable. But this was clearly a bold and ambitious undertaking. But it just goes too far with the cat scene. I have a pretty strong stomach, but that crossed a line for me. Worth watching, though.