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Canada, 2008 (MIFF 2009, Next Gen)

Director: Philippe Falardeau

Léon has a novel approach to conflict resolution: when his parents fight, he sets the house on fire.

In the technicolour summer of 1968, ten-year-old Léon is raising hell in his own small corner of Québec. Theft, vandalism, random acts of arson and a series of self-inflicted, not-quite-deadly accidents all number among his petty crimes. Léon isn't malicious - just bored, and trying desperately to come to terms with his dysfunctional and fragmenting family.

Based on the popular novels of Bruno Hebert, It's Not Me, I Swear! is a quirky story - both funny and real - about grappling with the changes and complexities that come with growing up.

“It's about getting outside the family circle, about lying for the first time and getting away with it, about falling in love.” - filmmaker Philippe Falardeau

MIFF Recommends: Age 12+. Mild violence and coarse language.

D/S Philippe Falardeau P Luc Déry, Kim McCraw WS Films Distribution L French w/English subtitles TD 35mm/2008

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