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Toto le Hero is the story of Thomas As a young boy Thomas comes to believe he was switched at birth with the boy next door the well-off Alfred Thomass life becomes a dual experience of the reality of Thomass life versus the reality of Thomass fantasies based on what might have been if hed been raised as Alfred I would say the premise for this heartfelt beautifully told story is Only through a direct experience of life can we fulfill our dreams It is around this premise that the dramatic action of the story revolves To act out this premise the story constantly intercuts from different stages of Thomass life that offer commentary about his present circumstances and actions A story can be presented in this way because no story is ever literal -- or linear -- in a life-like way A story is the assembling of descriptions of events dialogue character actions thoughts and feelings environments ideas all arranged to create a particular dramatic effect The fact that the story of Toto le hero does not happen in a chronological order does not detract from the fact that the events of the story move it very clearly forward along a dramatic path toward the resolution and fulfillment of its premise The dramatic path this story sets out to explore is rich with ideas that makes this film an example of how ideas can be used in the service telling a story Thomas through his memories and dreams recreates his experiences to generate the fulfillment he has not found in life In this story however the question arises can Thomas move from experiencing life only through dreams and memories to finally gaining what he desires by taking action in the real world Therefore no matter where we are in relationship to Thomass age the story is always moving dramatically forward toward the
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