Tickling Leo

Set around the days of Yom Kippur, Tickling Leo is a drama that follows three generations of a family whose secrets and resentments threaten to wipe away its future. When he loses touch with his estranged father, Zak Pikler and his pregnant girlfriend Delphina travel to an abandoned Catskill lake where the eccentric poet Warren Yitzchak Pikler lives in solitude and declining hearlth. As Zak copes with his father's dementia, Delphina begins to uncover a secret the Piklers have been hiding since World War II: the family's complicity in Rudolph Kastner's (a Hungarian Zionist leader) cotroversial deal with the Nazis to allow certain Jews safe passage out of Hungary. Through twists of plot and character, Tickling Leo lays bare the Pikler family's humorous, faulty, and always passionate search for an undersntading of what it means to be an American family in the 21st century.

91 minutes

Shown at

  1. 10th Annual Broward County Jewish Film Festival - 2010
  2. Athens Jewish Film Festival - 2010

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