“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 coming from Canada which will bring a lot of smiles and memories to everyone 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 you would have a 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 everyone, let alone a 10 year old boy.
Léon lives 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 the her children is what the film focuses on.
The coming of age of Léon portrayed in the film, becomes a story of the troubled adolescence of a kid who is trying to restore his family.
The casting of “It’s Not Me I Swear” is quite good. All adult actors deliver an excellent believable performance , even if it is the young starts that steal the hearts of the viewers. 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 that crates his own misfortune. In the press release of the film, it’s director Philippe Falardeau stated :
“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”
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 had 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 “, whose review you can also find on my blog.
Like always, you can find a lot of life lessons from the film. That’s one of the best things in coming of age films; That you always end up wiser after seeing them.