Toto le heros | Chicago Reader

Toto le heros

Winner of the Camera d'Or at the 1991 Cannes film festival, this first feature by Belgian writer-director Jaco van Dormael leapfrogs between childhood, adulthood, and old age as it explores the memories and fantasies of a malcontent (Michel Bouquet) who has believed since childhood that he was switched at birth with the boy next door. Well crafted and easy to watch, this is at times like a mainstream version of an Alain Resnais feature (Je t'aime, je t'aime or Providence), but without a soupcon of Resnais' style or poetry—clever and effective on its own level, but ultimately fairly shallow. Mireille Perrier, Joe de Backer, and Thomas Godet costar.

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