The Trotsky

What does 19th century communist revolutionary Leon Trotsky have in common with modern day youth Leon Bronstein? Well, for one they are both passionate enthusiasts of social justice. Two: they are die-hard revolutionaries, and three: they are supposedly one in the same; Leon Bronstein believes himself to be the reincarnation of Leon Trotsky.

Ever since he was a little boy, Mr. Bronstein thought himself to be the reincarnation of Mr. Trotsky. Irrational to the “T” Bronstein prepared himself as any obsessive youth would. He read up on Trotsky’s life and made his image as close as humanely possible to his ideal down to even predicting that his death, and life course, would play out exactly Trotsky’s.

Needless to say this fixation ruffled more than a few feathers at home. His father in particular didn’t take too kindly to it, especially not when Bronstein began to unionize his shipping company. Believing his unionizing strike to be illegal Mr. Bronstein is arrested. Upon release, however, relations with his father grow worse and in a fit of spite Leon’s father kicks him out of boarding school and enrolls him in public school.

While being pushed into public school is a radically different environment for Leon as with any enterprising youth he makes the best of a bad situation and goes about wrecking legal havoc on the authoritarian administration. Not only this but he gets busy in rallying the student body to stage a strike aimed at, you guessed it, forming a student union.

If you thought this movie was original in its premise than you would be correct. It is original but also refreshing. It is daring, bold, and above all funny. Littered with revolutionary allures and made with the indie charm the film is a testament to how creativity flows in the art of moviemaking. While many of us stuck in the mainstream world of Hollywood action blockbusters may be mystified as to how this film was ever green lighted, let alone rising to become a cult-classic, for the rest of us who can appreciate history with a twist, look no further.

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