Lies My Father Told Me (1975)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.5.

Canada, 1975.  Canadian Film Development Corporation, Pentacle VIII Productions, Pentimento Productions.  Story and Screenplay by .  Cinematography by , .  Produced by , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by , .  Academy Awards 1975.  Golden Globe Awards 1975.  

Loveable charmer based on writer Ted Allan’s reminiscences of his childhood growing up in Montreal. Young David is being raised by his hopelessly entrepreneurial father (), who can never get a business off the ground, his frustrated but loving mother (a delightful ), and, most endearingly, his wise and religious Orthodox Jewish grandfather ().  The old man drives a horse-drawn rag cart around the city and the boy goes everywhere with him, taking in his philosophies of life and applying them in the ways that only a bumbling child can do. It’s a warm and witty film that is enjoyable from beginning to end, blessed with terrific performances and marred only by the jarring presence of as David, possibly one of the worst and most awkward child actors ever put on screen; it isn’t long before his voice is enough to make you cringe. Somehow the film makes up for him, though.

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