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The Year I Became a Liar (2009)

1981 (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Family | 4 September 2009 (Canada)
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Filmmaker Ricardo Trogi recalls the events surrounding his family moving to a new neighborhood when he was 11 years old.

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Ricardo Trogi

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Ricardo Trogi
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean-Carl Boucher ... Ricardo Trogi
Claudio Colangelo Claudio Colangelo ... Benito Trogi
Sandrine Bisson ... Claudette Trogi
Gabriel Maillé ... Jérôme Bernatchez
Dany Bouchard Dany Bouchard ... Marchand
Léo Caron Léo Caron ... Plante
Élizabeth Adam ... Anne Tremblay
Rose Adam Rose Adam ... Nadia Trogi
Marjolaine Lemieux Marjolaine Lemieux ... Aline
Claude-Michel Bleau Claude-Michel Bleau ... German Soldier
Claude Despins ... Anne's Father
Pierre Mailloux ... Mr. Dagenais
Simone Chevalot Simone Chevalot ... School Secretary
Jean-Robert Bourdage ... Lawyer
Jean-François Boudreau ... Mr. Vermette
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Thirty-seven-year-old Ricardo Trogi narrates the story of a specific time from his childhood about which he still obsesses, in a time that changed his childhood. The year was 1981, when he, then eleven years old, was just starting grade 6. He was obsessed with material possessions, and as he felt his working class parents didn't buy those things for him he wanted so dearly, his most prized possession was the Consumers Distributing catalog from which he made his list of items he wanted, long at the top of the list a $400 calculator watch. These possessions he felt would impress the world. He largely dismissed his waitress mother Claudette, but he admired his father Benito. Although he at the time didn't know what his father did for a living, Ricardo believed he was smart enough to be a lawyer if he had the means to go to college, that belief largely by the stories Benito told of growing up during WWII in Italy. In 1981, the family, which included his adolescent sister Nadia, moved to ... Written by Huggo

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Claudette, the mother of Raymond, is seen living Côte-Nord of Quebec in 1966 on a road numbered 138. The road which is crossing Côte-Nord only bear number 138 since 1975; before that the road was numbered 15. See more »

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References The Little Prince (1974) See more »

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Hard Times
Written by Phil Oakey, Jo Callis & Philip Adrian Wright
Performed by The Human League
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80s nostalgia
22 April 2016 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

It's 1981 Quebec. Ricardo Trogi is an 11 year old new kid at school. His Italian father survived the Nazis as a kid. His immigrant name is made fun of. The other kids seem to be more well off. He can't do longhand but he lies to his teacher. He falls for the pretty and smart Anne Tremblay but he's not on her radar. He tells the popular kids another lie.

I love all the little things about being a kid in the 80s. I love the embarrassing self-inflicted delusions that reminds me of 'Freaks and Geeks'. He's a little kid struggling to figure it out. It's nowhere near as funny. The comedy doesn't quite hit. Ricardo is simply not likable. Everything else is set up for a great nostalgic time.


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Country:

Canada

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French

Release Date:

4 September 2009 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

Mille neuf cent quatre-vingt-un See more »

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CAD4,625,000 (estimated)
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Color | Black and White (WWII fantasy sequences)
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