On paper, Tickling Leo
is about the Jewish tradition in America and the lingering aftershocks of the Holocaust, and, in particular, how the real-life "Sophie's Choice
" story of the Kasztner Train, which shuttled a selection of Hungarian Jews to safety, impacted generations of emigrants. However, at its heart, the stark and poignantly small (even by indie standards) film is about the insane, illogical ties of family and the secrets that fester and inevitably distance people from the bonds they crave the most.
Thirtysomething urbanite Zak Pikler (United 93's Daniel Sauli) is a picture of nervous, beset reticence from the opening scene as ...