Lies My Father Told Me

  • 1975
  • Movie
  • PG
  • Drama

Set in 1920s Montreal, this nostalgic tale centers on the binding relationship between a wide-eyed seven-year-old boy and his Orthodox Jewish grandfather. The latter, played by Israeli actor Yadin, has a broken-down wagon (drawn by an equally ailing horse) that the man rides about the town in. The boy accompanies him on these trips, finding in the old man...read more

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Set in 1920s Montreal, this nostalgic tale centers on the binding relationship between a wide-eyed seven-year-old boy and his Orthodox Jewish grandfather. The latter, played by Israeli actor Yadin, has a broken-down wagon (drawn by an equally ailing horse) that the man rides about the

town in. The boy accompanies him on these trips, finding in the old man an adult with whom he can relate. His parents are too selfish to give their son the needed attention, and the other residents of the area are equally self-absorbed, unwilling, or unable to give the boy any form of human

understanding. Czech director Kadar was treading on extremely touchy ground in this story, having to be very careful not to fall into overindulgent sentimentalism. Kadar manages to keep a firm hand over the material and creates a genuinely absorbing look into a touching moment of childhood.

Oscar-nominated for Best Screenplay.

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  • Released: 1975
  • Rating: PG
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