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The Year Dolly Parton Was My Mom (2011)

TV-G | | Comedy, Drama | 12 October 2012 (USA)
Elizabeth Alison Gray is just your average suburban eleven-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.


Tara Johns


Tara Johns
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Julia Sarah Stone ... Elizabeth Gray (as Julia Stone)
Rebecca Windheim Rebecca Windheim ... Annabelle Kowalski
Rebecca Croll ... Stella Kowalski
Macha Grenon ... Marion Gray
Trevor Hayes ... Ken Kowalski
Paula Costain Paula Costain ... Church lady
Gil Bellows ... Phil Gray
Luca Palladini Luca Palladini ... Darryl Jameson
Brian Wrench Brian Wrench ... Mr. Lambert
Emma Elle Paterson ... Shelley
Léa Roy Léa Roy ... Lana (as Lea Roy)
Pauline Little Pauline Little ... Mrs. Metherall
Andrew Peplowski Andrew Peplowski ... News anchor
Chantele Francis ... Gloria
Keenan Lehmann ... Kid in station wagon


It's 1976, and Elizabeth is just your average suburban eleven-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", to which she's been clinging, 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. This movie 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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Comedy | Drama


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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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Eeny, Meeny, Miney, Moe
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A sweet coming of age story.
13 April 2011 | by vandadSee all my reviews

I recently saw this fantastic Canadian production, and I was so happy to bring my 13 year old son. Although it's a coming of age story through the experiences of a young girl, it resonates so eloquently with all of us, boys & girls, men & women, about what it means to answer the question: "who am I"?

The subtle power of the young lead Julia Stone helps the viewer believe in her quest: innocent and determined.

And my hat is off to director Tara Johns in creating the mood and literally the colour of the period in every way.

I'd see it again:)

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Release Date:

12 October 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dolly Parton, ma mère et moi See more »

Filming Locations:

Lachine, Québec, Canada See more »

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1.85 : 1
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