Sight and Sound - 04/01/2004
"Shue gives an impressively modulated performance..."
This drama from director Mehdi Norowzian was loosely inspired by the James Joyce classic ULYSSES. Set in the American South, LEO tells the story of Stephen (Joseph Fiennes), a parolee who has struck up a pen-pal friendship with Leo, the son of the depressed and fiery Mary (Elisabeth Shue). As Stephen tries to reacquaint himself with the outside world and stay out of trouble, Mary struggles to come to terms with a tragic car accident that took the life of her wife and daughter. Written by Amir and Massy Tadjedin, LEO is a somber film that also stars Sam Shepard, Dennis Hopper, and Deborah Unger.