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1981 (2009)

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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Ricardo Trogi
Claudio Colangelo ... Benito Trogi
Sandrine Bisson ... Claudette Trogi
... Jérôme Bernatchez
Dany Bouchard ... Marchand
Léo Caron ... Plante
Élizabeth Adam ... Anne Tremblay
Rose Adam ... Nadia Trogi
Marjolaine Lemieux ... Aline
Claude-Michel Bleau ... German Soldier
Claude Despins ... Anne's Father
Pierre Mailloux ... Mr. Dagenais
Simone Chevalot ... School Secretary
... Lawyer
Jean-François Boudreau ... Mr. Vermette


Thirty-seven year old Ricardo Trogi narrates the story of a specific time from his childhood about which he still obsesses, it 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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Release Date:

4 September 2009 (Canada)  »

Also Known As:

Mille neuf cent quatre-vingt-un  »


Box Office


CAD 4,625,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

CAD 105,647 (Canada), 6 September 2009
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When Aline opens her drawer can see the novel Les Fous de Bassans by Anne Hébert, while this novel was only published in 1982. See more »


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Interesting, whimsical period piece.
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I liked the flick and thought it worked. I decided to watch it because it was set in 1981, and I thought it might be nostalgic. It was. The costuming and sets were excellent. It really does make you think you're back in that era. While I don't speak French, the dialogue as reflected in the subtitles was good, and for the most part I thought the acting was very good, as well. The plot was meandering and whimsical, but so too is the mind of an 11-year-old boy, and that's what I think this film was trying to accomplish. The flashbacks to Nazi-occupied Italy were amusing, especially considering that the boy imagining them wasn't born until 1970.

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