The Trotsky

Director Jacob Tierney
Year 2009
Run Time 120min
Genre Comedy
Leon Bronstein (Baruchel) isn’t an average Montreal high school student. For one thing, he’s convinced that he is the reincarnation of early-20th-century Russian revolutionary Leon Trotsky. When Leon starts a hunger strike in his father’s (Rubinek’s) clothing factory, he is sent to public school as punishment.

Leon sets out to change the world, immediately butting heads with his new principal (Feore). Getting his apathetic peers to stand up to the school’s repressive administration proves more difficult than Leon first imagines, leading him to resort to some extreme and often hilarious tactics.

“The most genuine, authentic, legitimately funny teen movie since Heathers or John Hughes’ movies.” — Jane Stevenson, Sun Media


Jacob Tierney

As an actor, Tierney has appeared in over 45 feature films and TV shows. His first feature was Twist, and he has also directed Good Neighbours, Preggoland and the hit series Letterkenny (in which he also starred). The Trotsky won three Genies. He wrote The Death and Life of John F. Donovan, which premiered at TIFF 2018, and is currently starring in Gran Turismo.


Jacob Tierney


Jay Baruchel, Emily Hampshire, Saul Rubinek, Colm Feore, Geneviève Bujold


Kevin Tierney




Biography, Bullying, Social Justice & Politics, Strong Female Leads

Original Language


Canadian Distributor