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Plot, Details & Awards

Toto the Hero

Rated for violence and sensuality (nudity.

In Theaters 03/6/1992 , 90min.
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Plot & Details

Former circus performer Jaco Van Dormael made his feature-film directing bow with the Belgian/French/German coproduction Toto Le Héros. The title character is an fictional supersecret agent, idolized by a young boy named Thomas. The lad aspires to become Toto when he grows up; but thanks to a kaleidoscope of flashbacks and flashforwards, we know that he'll end up ordinary and unfulfilled. The film hopscotches between the Three Ages of Thomas: wide-eyed youngster, mediocrity-mired adult, bitter old man. The elder Thomas has never gotten over his childhood traumas and hatreds. He was always jealous of his wealthy boyhood friend Alfred, fantasizing that he and his chum were switched at birth. At the end, the aged Thomas escapes from a senior citizens' home -- an act which leads to Fate dealing its final ironic blow.

Awards

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1991 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Foreign Language Film Nominated

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1991 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Foreign Language Film Nominated

Cannes Film Festival

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1991 Cannes Film Festival Camera d'Or Jaco van Dormael Won

European Film Academy

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1991 European Film Academy Best Screenplay Jaco van Dormael Won
1991 European Film Academy Best Actor Michel Bouquet Won
1991 European Film Academy Best "Young" European Film Won
1991 European Film Academy Best Cinematographer Walther van den Ende Won

French Academy of Cinema

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1991 French Academy of Cinema Best Foreign Film Jaco van Dormael Won

National Board of Review

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1991 National Board of Review Best Foreign Film Nominated

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