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The Trotsky (2010)

The Trotsky



Drama, Comedy

Release Date

May 02, 2010 (Limited)


120 min.


Tribeca Film

Official Site

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REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Nothing's perfect, but it's worth seeing.    Readers  5 of 5 [Rate It]

Cast and Crew


Jacob Tierney


Kevin Tierney


Jacob Tierney


  • Jay Baruchel as Leon
  • Emily Hampshire
  • Colm Feore as Principal Berkhoff
  • Anne-Marie Cadieux
  • Genevieve Bujold
  • Saul Rubinek


Leon Bronstein (Jay Baruchel) 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 (Saul Rubinek) 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.

But will our young hero ever inspire his fellow students to care about anything? Will he ever convince the beautiful, and significantly older (nine years older to be exact, just like Trotsky's first wife) Alexandra that she won't be charged with statutory rape if they become engaged? And will he ever find his Lenin?

While every life may well be filled with obstacles, Leon's are not only of his own making but his actual fate, as he tells us at every opportunity. In the end, "The Trotsky" may well lay leftie claim to the notion that the revolution DOES begin in high school... but if the left had been this funny, who knows, maybe we would still have one.

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Jay Baruchel stars as Leon in Tribeca Film's The Trotsky (2010)
Jay Baruchel stars as Leon in Tribeca Film's The Trotsky (2010)

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“..this film deserves a serious theatrical release, and a moniker like "The Trotsky" might not help at the box office..”
by Scott Weinberg [Cinematical]
“..Both cartoonish and cerebral, and studded with in-jokes referencing multicultural life in "la belle ville" and classic cinema, the colorful pic stretches its premise a bit thin over nearly two hours..”
by Alissa Simon [Variety]
“.."The Trotsky" runs 20 minutes too long and several rungs above the head of its target audience..”
by Jeannette Catsoulis [NY Times]