Tickling Leo (2009) - Rotten Tomatoes

Tickling Leo (2009)

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In the days before Yom Kippur (aka the Day of Atonement), Zak Pikler takes his pregnant girlfriend, Delphina, to find his estranged father in the family drama Tickling Leo, written and directed by Jeremy Davidson. When they reach the man's home in the Catskills, Zak finds that his father has turned into a hermit and is suffering from dementia. But the problems in the present only mask those in the past, causing his father to revisit the Holocaust and his escape from Hungary. Produced by actress and director Mary Stuart Masterson, Tickling Leo stars Daniel Sauli, Annie Parisse, Lawrence Pressman, and Eli Wallach.

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Cast

Daniel Sauli
as Zak Pikler
Annie Parisse
as Delphina
Lawrence Pressman
as Warren Yitzchak Pikler
Ronald Guttman
as Robert Pikler
Victoria Clark
as Madeleine Pikler
Eli Wallach
as Emil Pikler

Critic Reviews for Tickling Leo

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (11)

The Holocaust new wave continues with Tickling Leo, this time drawing on a little-known historical footnote as the haunted backdrop for an otherwise tepid contemporary drama.

February 28, 2015 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

Although strongly acted and deeply felt, writer-director Jeremy Davidson's arcanely titled Tickling Leo is too theatrically conceived and diffusely told to satisfy its lofty aspirations.

October 16, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Director Jeremy Davidson's father-son tale is refreshingly edgy and well-acted, but painfully obvious in almost every other way.

September 4, 2009 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

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 and allusions with coherent storytelling.

September 4, 2009 | Rating: 2.5/5

So earnest and likable, you want to just give it a pat on the head and send it on its way. Unfortunately, it's just not terribly compelling.

September 4, 2009 | Full Review…

Director Davidson still shines with this modest production.

September 3, 2009

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