Most young guys have idols like professional athletes or their father. But no; not Leon Bronstein (Jay Baruchel). In fact, Leon truly believes he’s the reincarnation of the Soviet iconoclast Leon Trotsky. Leon’s to-do list consists of the most notable happenings of Trotsky’s life like being exiled, marrying a woman named Alexandra and, of course, being assassinated.
After organizing a hunger strike at his father’s (Saul Rubinek) factory, Leon’s dad decides it’s time to make his son suffer and enrolls him in public school. Leon approaches the situation with optimism, but immediately ends up in the principal’s crosshairs after opting to attend detention with another student out of solidarity. Soon after, Leon begins his venture to construct a student union, literally. His vehicle? The extracurricular activity of the same name. Leon starts by creating a school dance with a social-justice theme and ultimately goes all the way to the school administration to fight for his cause. But no matter how hard Leon tries, the question always remains, is the student body behind him out of boredom or apathy?
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