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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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Dolly Parton (voice)
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Off Camera Performance
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Rebecca Windheim ...
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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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12 October 2012 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dolly Parton is mijn moeder  »

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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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Light of a Clear Blue Morning
Written by Dolly Parton
Performed by The Wailin' Jennys
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likable lead in whimsical indie
18 August 2013 | by See all my reviews

This is Canadian indie filmed in Winnipeg. The story takes place in 1976. Julia Stone is cute new actress. She plays Elizabeth who thinks she's adopted and her mother is Dolly Parton. With only her imagination, Elizabeth runs away in search of her true identity, followed by her adoptive mother Marion.

On the plus side, the lead actress Julia Stone is very likable. The title is whimsical. There're some quirky characters.

On the other hand, the story can get slow. There are too many silent moments intended to add atmosphere. It isn't as dramatic as it could have been.

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