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Toto the Hero (1991)

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Awards:Nominated for BAFTA Film Award. Another 15 wins & 1 nomination

BAFTA Awards
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
1992 Nominated BAFTA Film Award Best Film not in the English Language
Pierre Drouot
Dany Geys
Jaco Van Dormael
 
Cannes Film Festival
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
1991 Won Award of the Youth Foreign Film
Jaco Van Dormael
Golden Camera Jaco Van Dormael
 
César Awards, France
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
1992 Won César Best Foreign Film (Meilleur film étranger)
Jaco Van Dormael
 
European Film Awards
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
1991 Won European Film Award Best Actor
Michel Bouquet
Best Cinematographer
Walther van den Ende
Best Screenwriter
Jaco Van Dormael
Best Young Film
Jaco Van Dormael
Nominated European Film Award Best Supporting Actress
Sandrine Blancke
 
Fantasporto
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
1992 Won International Fantasy Film Award Best Film
Jaco Van Dormael
Best Screenplay
Jaco Van Dormael
 
Joseph Plateau Awards
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
1999 Won Joseph Plateau Award Best Belgian Screenplay 1984-1999
Jaco Van Dormael
 
1991 Won Box Office Award  
Joseph Plateau Award Best Belgian Actor
Michel Bouquet
Best Belgian Actress
Mireille Perrier
Best Belgian Director
Jaco Van Dormael
Best Belgian Film
 


Toto Le H?ros. The title character is an fictional supersecret agent, idolized by a young boy named Thomas. The lad aspires to become Toto when he grows up; but thanks to a kaleidoscope of flashbacks and flashforwards, we know that he''ll end up ordinary and unfulfilled. The film hopscotches between the Three Ages of Thomas: wide-eyed youngster, mediocrity-mired adult, bitter old man. The elder Thomas has never gotten over his childhood traumas and hatreds. He was always jealous of his wealthy boyhood friend Alfred, fantasizing that he and his chum were switched at birth. At the end, the aged Thomas escapes from a senior citizens'' home -- an act which leads to Fate dealing its final ironic blow


Thomas and Alfred were born around the same time; a fire in the nursery had nurses scrambling to save the newborns. Because he felt that he deserved Alfred''s good fortune at being born into a wealthy family, Thomas conceives the idea that he and Alfred were switched at birth, and he can''t help seeing that his unhappiness should be Alfred''s, from the loss of his sister to his inability to have a relationship with the woman Evelyne. So, as his life is ending, he formulates a plan of revenge against his bitter enemy, his lifetime adversary, the man who stole his existence.


 

 

 

 





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