The Year Dolly Parton was My Mom

Directed By : Tara Johns

Canada / 2011 / 95 min / Completed

Technical Details :

Cast :

Macha Grenon, Gil Bellows, Julia Stone, Rebecca Croll, Rebecca Windheim, Trevor Hayes, Mung-Ling Tsui, Akalu Meekis, Brian Roach, and with the gracious participation of Miss Dolly Parton

Produced By :

Palomar (Barbara Shrier)

Music By :

Dolly Parton

Language :

English (French version available)

Festivals & Awards :

Festivals :
  • Beijing IFF 2013 – Official Selection
  • Seoul Int. Young FF – Official Selection
  • Giffoni IFF – Official Selection
  • Molodist IFF – Official Selection
  • La Femme Internationale FF – Official Competition
  • Youth Artist Award – Official Competition
Awards :
  • La Femme Internationale FF – Winner Best Feature
  • Youth Artist Award – Best Young Actress

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Synopsis :

It’s 1976 and Elizabeth is just your average suburban 11-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” she’s been clinging to and go after her daughter. This leads to a cathartic crosscountry trek by a mother searching for a daughter who’s searching for a mother – both of them really searching for themselves…. “The year Dolly Parton was my mom” is a poignant, sometimes funny, very female, coming of age story that explores the tension between creating identity and finding it within.

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