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April 28–May 4, 2017

Max & Leon
(La folle histoire de Max et Léon)

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U.S. Theatrical

Max and Léon are childhood friends, who have always been lazy and love to party. They are also trying to avoid being drafted into World War Two by all means, and in a film replete with slapstick physical comedy, Max and Léon become embroiled in an escalating series of ridiculous schemes. We follow along as they travel the world in reluctant and blundering support of the war effort, with the simple desire to do one thing: return safely back home.

Max & Leon is the debut feature film of Jonathan Barré and fully displays his sense of humor. Grégoire Ludig and David Marsais are delightful as the titular lifelong friends, employing sidesplitting physical theatre in the context of a believable and moving friendship. They make up the celebrated comedic duo Palmashow and co-wrote the screenplay of Max & Leon with Barré.

Max & Leon follows closely in the footsteps of the fabled French comedy classic Don't Look Now... We're Being Shot At (La Grande Vadrouille, 1966) that for over 40 years (until the release of Welcome to the Sticks in 2008) was the most successful French film in France. Described as version 2.0. of that classic, Max & Leon is sure to have audiences laughing with delight!

Directed by Jonathan Barré, France/Belgium, 98 mins. In French with English subtitles.


  • Fri., April 28 at 6:30 pm
  • Sat.,-Sun., April 29-30 at 4:30 & 6:30 pm
  • Mon.–Thurs., May 1–4 at 6:30 pm
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$10 general admission

$5 for Facets Members

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