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The Year Dolly Parton Was My Mom (2011)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  4 March 2011 (Canada)
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Elizabeth Alison Gray is just your average suburban 11-year old waiting for adolescence to arrive when she finds out her whole life has been a lie. With only her imagination to guide her, she runs away to find the truth.



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Credited cast:
Herself (voice)
Off Camera Performance
Stella Kowalski
Ken Kowalski
Mung-Ling Tsui ...
Chinese Woman
Rebecca Windheim ...
US Border Guard
Senior US Customs Agent
Brian Edward Roach ...
Darryl Jameson
Léa Roy ...


It's 1976 and Elizabeth is just your average suburban 11-year-old praying for adolescence to arrive when she discovers her whole life has been a lie. With only her imagination to guide her, Elizabeth runs away in search of her true identity. Her adoptive mother Marion is then forced to break out of the carefully constructed "truth" she's been clinging to and go after her daughter. This leads to a cathartic cross-country trek by a mother searching for a daughter who's searching for a mother - both of them really searching for themselves.... The Year Dolly Parton Was My Mom is a poignant, sometimes funny, very female, coming of age story that explores the tension between creating identity and finding it within... Written by Palomar

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Marion: You made me into your mother, Elizabeth. And somewhere I think I've always been afraid that you could unmake me, too.
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I really wanted to like it but.....
2 July 2011 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

...I didn't find the actors believable in their performances nor did they leave me caring or invested in them. The lead I am sorry to say played this so emotionally flat both in performance and in her facial expression. I have a daughter the same age, and if she were going through what would be an emotional upheaval of this level, I would think that perhaps tears would have been shed, anger and hurt would have shown, she would not have been able to repress this. This is especially true in the scene with the mother at the cliff.

I followed the making of this film for some time and was happy when the opportunity arose to see it tonight. I along with the others in the theatre left without being able to say even the smallest WOW. That did make me feel sad, the only emotion for me brought out by the film.

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