“It’s bad to lie, but it’s worse to lie badly.”

C’est pas moi, je le jure! is a charming Coming-of-Age film from Canada which will bring a lot of smiles and memories to anyone who devotes a little less than two hours to see it.

Everyone wants to be extraordinary and the protagonist of the film, Léon, is no exception. What’s more, he would frown at anyone who would dare to call him an ordinary normal boy. By the end of the film one gets the chance to discover just how special he really is.  Like most boys out there, he is mischievous at times, but he is also an intelligent and emotional lad who is trying hard to make sense of the world that surrounds him. This is not an easy task for anyone, let alone a 10 year old boy.

Léon lives with his parents and older brother Jerome (Gabriel Maille) in a suburban Quebec house. His parents are always fighting; A typical dysfunctional family, until one day the mother decides she wants a divorce. So his mother leaves for Greece to find peace there, where “the sky is always blue.”  The consequences of her departure and the way it affects her children is what the film focuses on.

Léon’s Coming-of-Age, as portrayed in the film, becomes a story of the troubled adolescence of a kid who is trying to restore his family.

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The casting of It’s Not Me I Swear is quite good. All adult actors deliver excellent, believable performances, but it is the young stars of the movie who steal the hearts of the viewer. Once again I am impressed by the acting of a new comer to the cinema. Antoine L’Écuyer in the role of Leon fits well in this complicated role of a child who creates his own misfortune.  In the press release of the film, it’s director, Philippe Falardeau, states:

“We  auditioned  80  boys,  then  we  called  back  15,  but  as soon  as  I  saw  Antoine L’Écuyer (grandson of famous Quebec actor Guy L’Écuyer) I knew he had what I was looking for: gravity in his expression and a physical flippancy.”

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I was very impressed with the visuals in the film. Great colorful overhead shots and amazing photography (by André Turpin) make  It’s Not Me, I Swear!  a real treat for the senses. Generally speaking, the film has a special warmth, which is usually associated with a good “rites of passage” tale. The only other film with such astonishing visuals that I could recall is “Toto the hero “, a review of which you can also find on my blog.

Like always, you can learn a lot of life lessons from the film. That’s one of the best things in Coming-of-Age films: you always end up wiser after seeing them.

 

6 COMMENTS

  1. I’m desperately searching and searching for or a copy of it, a physical one, or just to download it.. but nothing works >_> Amazon even cancelled my order (I guess bbecause I live in Europe) It’s so unfair :c

  2. As you are interest in psychology I think that you will really like the film. I am not familiar with netflix at all. And yea its on CVMC and probably on Amazon too

  3. Indeed movies produced in Canada are usually very intriguing and the film makers there are more than creative. I can think of two more films I have on my blog – ” Jet Boy ” and ” Montreal main ” and both are nothing short of excellent .

  4. Indeed movies produced in Canada are usually very intriguing and the film makers there are more than creative. I can think of two more films I have on my blog – ” Jet Boy ” and ” Montreal main ” and both are nothing short of excellent .

  5. I watched this movie a month ago or so and i must say that i liked it. It was both funny and very serious and thouching at the same time… the perfect combination. I have always enjoyed Canadian movies because of that they seem to be able to tell the stories and make the movies in a way that reminds me of european movies.

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