Tickling Leo

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Released 2009

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Director:
Jeremy Davidson
Released:
2009
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Tickling Leo is a 2009 drama written and directed by Jeremy Davidson. Zak (Daniel Sauli) takes his girlfriend, Delphina (Annie Parisse), home for Yom Kippur. This is a big move for Zak, who, for years, has been out of touch with his father, Warren Pikler (Lawrence Pressman). Living alone in the Catskills, Warren is not an easy man to get along with. In his old age, he is losing his mind to dementia, plagued by unsettling visions of World War II and the way the horrors of war affected his childhood. Zak wants Delphina to reconnect with Warren, however, since she is pregnant with Zak's baby. While Warren, Zak and Delphina try uneasily to relate to each other, Warren's obnoxious brother Robert (Ronald Guttman) and Robert's wife Madeline (Victoria Clark) also show up. Over the course of Yom Kippur, the Pikler family slowly reveals hidden aches and wounds that stem from the evils of the Holocaust. Zak, Warren and Warren's father, Eli (Eli Wallach), must come to a truce and allow old wounds to heal.moreless

Metacritic Score

  • 50

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    The film's rich performances, in which every shade of every character's emotions registers, can go only so far to camouflage the glaring lapses in a drama that often confuses hints...

  • 50

    Variety Ronnie Scheib

    A radiant perf by Annie Parisse and a virtuoso turn by Eli Wallach are insufficient to lift this male intergenerational angst-fest out of the ghetto.

  • 20

    New York Daily News Joe Neumaier

    Throughout, Davidson's intentions are honest but become lost in a haze of overly familiar story beats.

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