The Trotsky

The Trotsky

Director: Jacob Tierney Cast: Jay Baruchel, Colm Feore, Saul Rubinek

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The Trotsky

An unusually intense teenager gets the idea that his name defines his destiny in this offbeat comedy. Leon Bronstein (Jay Baruchel) is a young man who has made the discovery that his birth name is the same as that of Leon Trotsky, the celebrated Russian revolutionary and socialist theorist. This coincidence leads Leon to believe that he is the reincarnation of Trotsky and it is his destiny to follow his path as closely as possible -- which is a bit difficult when you have rich parents and attend an upscale private school in Montreal. Leon's father (Saul Rubinek) gives his son a part-time job in one of his clothing factories, and within a day Leon is leading his fellow workers in a sit-down strike. Father isn't amused and punishes Leon by making him attend public school, but there the world-be revolutionary finds new ways to battle fascism -- which in this case is represented by Principal Berkhoff (Colm Feore) and Mrs. Davis (Domini Blythe), a teacher eager to give her students detention. Leon's pursuit of social justice causes him to fall in with Frank (Michael Murphy), a burned-out activist-turned-college professor, but Leon also finds himself infatuated with Frank's current girlfriend -- who, like Trotsky's great love, is named Alexandra (Emily Hampshire) and is nine years older than he. Directed by Jacob Tierney, The Trotsky was an official selection at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/14/2010
UPC: 0767685231548
Original Release: 2009
Rating: NR
Source: New Video Group
Time: 1:53:00

Special Features

Closed Caption ; An interview with director Jacob Tierney; Trotsky bloopers; Deleted scenes

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jay Baruchel Leon Bronstein
Colm Feore Principal Berkhoff
Saul Rubinek David Bronstein
Domini Blythe Mrs. Davis
Michael Murphy Frank McGovern
Emily Hampshire Alexandra
Tommie-Amber Pirie Sarah Bronstein
Anne-Marie Cadieux Anne Bronstein
Geneviève Bujold Denise Archambault
David Julian Hirsh Eli Bronstein
Jessica Paré Laura
Jesse Camacho Actor
Tijo Horn Actor
Ricky Mabe Actor

Technical Credits
Jacob Tierney Director,Screenwriter
Pierre-Jules Audet Sound/Sound Designer
Rosina Bucci Casting
Mario Davignon Costumes/Costume Designer
Guy Dufaux Cinematographer
Gavin Fernandes Sound/Sound Designer
Claude Hazanavicius Sound/Sound Designer
Malajube Score Composer
Anne Pritchard Production Designer
Arthur Tarnowski Editor
Kevin Tierney Producer
Sarah Webster Musical Direction/Supervision

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Trotsky
1. Worker's Playground [10:25]
2. Some Modest Proposals [10:45]
3. A Public Life [5:58]
4. A More Perfect Union [8:45]
5. Lovers and Lowyers [10:22]
6. You're an Interesting Guy, Leon [7:51]
7. Do the Jane Fonda [3:43]
8. A Line in the Sand [8:04]
9. The Prophet Hard at Work [8:29]
10. Animal Farm [8:45]
11. Collective Agreements [11:13]
12. The Prophet in Exile [18:39]

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