Writter: Christophe Honoré novel "Tout contre Léo"
Running time: 90 min
Language: French Genre: Drama
Subtitle: English Starring:Yaniss Lespert ... Marcel
Pierre Mignard ... Léo
Marie Bunel ... Mother
Rodolphe Pauly ... Tristan
Jérémie Lippmann ... Pierrot
Dominic Gould ... Father
Louis Gonzales ... Yvan
Joana Preiss ... Yvan''s Mother
Original title: Tout contre Léo
When 21 year-old Leo, the oldest of four brothers, announces to his rural French family that he''s HIV+ family bonds are tested. The family decides that 11 year Marcel, the youngest, is too young to understand and the family agrees to keep the unsettling news from him. Marcel overhears enough to understand that something amiss with Leo and when the two travel to Paris together, Marcel confronts Leo with what he suspects.
Touching look at a family dealing with a crisis
I found this film to be a fascinating study of a family in crisis. When Leo, the oldest announces that he is HIV+ the reactions of the family members alone and with each other was touching and yet strange.
I have never seen a family that was as physically demonstrative as this one; nor one as likely to shout at each other. I didn''t understand why the family felt that youngest couldn''t deal with the news but once past that difficult I found this a thoroughly moving film.
French filmmaker and playwright Christophe Honoré adapts his own novel for the family drama Close to Léo. In the coastal town of Brittany, twentysomething Léo lives with his supporting family: mom, dad, and his three younger brothers. Everyone is shocked to learn the truth when Léo reveals that he''s HIV positive. Brothers Tristan and Pierrot are old enough to understand, but everyone agrees little Marcel shouldn''t hear about it. However, Marcel overhears the family''s discussion and ends up feeling left out. Léo eventually takes him on a trip to Paris in order to explain his situation. ~ Andrea LeVasseur, Allrovi