|It's Not Me I Swear
A film by Philippe Falardeau
110 minutes, color, French w/ English subtitles, 2008
Leon is not like most 10-year-olds. This innocent looking boy with an overly fertile imagination is a young hellion, a consummate liar and thief well-versed in breaking and entering his neighbors' homes and running away from his own. His explosively dysfunctional family reaches new levels of lunacy when Mom decides to pack her bags to start a new life in Greece. Leon is prepared to do anything to kill the pain of it all, from destroying the neighbors' homes to even, why not, falling in love with best friend Lea. Together, they will overcome the pain of growing up when you feel abandoned.
A film by Philippe Falardeau, director of the Academy Award nominated Monsieur Lazhar.
"A resonant coming-of-age story with elements of dark humor and childhood whimsy."
"Unforgettable. Many funny moments!" - Toronto Star
"A quirky coming-of-age story...there are many layers to this intriguing story."
"Darkly comic with unbearable tension and an unforgettable main character. The cinematography is stellar...the casting is also quite fantastic." - Twitch Film
"Often very funny...when it's not heartbreaking." - Jam! Movies
"Asweet, funny, endearing, captivating, honest, and slightly twisted dark comedy."
"A darkly funny and heartbreaking tale. One of the best damned movies we've ever seen."
"Imagine the most subversive, dark version of Dennis The Menace crossed with Bart Simpson and you might have a semblance of who the character of Leon is in It's Not Me, I Swear!" - Forces of Geek