C'est Pas Moi, Je le Jure! (It's Not Me, I Swear!) (2008)
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Critic Reviews for C'est Pas Moi, Je le Jure! (It's Not Me, I Swear!)
Modest, but resonant, It's Not Me, I Swear!, is a Quebec coming-of-age story that juggles elements of dark humour, pathos and childhood whimsy.
Impeccable production values help make this family angst unforgettable. Cinematographer AndrÃ© Turpin lenses with Ektachrome brilliance.
[Director Philippe] Falardeau carefully weaves [the] varied relationships and plot threads with deft ease.
Audience Reviews for C'est Pas Moi, Je le Jure! (It's Not Me, I Swear!)
I'm speechless. This is hands down the best cinematic performance I've ever seen a child deliver. This movie was all sorts of beautiful and charming while remaining realistic. Wow.
In 2009 my wife and I got back to the Cleveland International Film Festival. This was the first film we saw that year. A story about a Dennis the Menace type character only more troubled. I really enjoyed this and thought it was funny, though all of the kid's attempts to end his life kept the movie from being too light-heart-ed. I appreciated the theme of normal and "un-normal" families. And the imagery was consistent with this theme. There was an island alone in the middle of the sea, a kite alone in the middle of the sky, an umbrella alone in a clearing in a corn field, a lone fox running through a field, the boy laying in his front yard, a single bowling pin left standing, and one black stone amongst several white stones in a fountain. The important thing to notice, I think, is that the boy's free-spirited mother, the black stone in society, keeps trying to give him a white stone. She wishes for him to fit into society better than she could.
I really have a good time whenever I go to a Philippe Falardeau film and there is no exception here. What a funny tale of a young liar. Nice film.