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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 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
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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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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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Written by Dolly Parton
Published by Velvet Apple Music Inc.
Performed by Julia Sarah Stone (as Julia Stone), Rebecca Windheim & Rebecca Croll
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Wonderful Movie about the complicated relationships between moms and daughters
11 April 2011 | by findjaxSee all my reviews

Last weekend I took my children to see this movie in Vancouver. My daughters are 12 and 9 so the story really spoke to them both. Without giving anything away, it's safe to say that the movie tells the very complex story of the relationship between a mother and her daughter. It's a great commentary on real-life mother/daughter relationships. We love our kids so much that sometimes it's just really hard to admit that they have minds of their own. The 3 of us agreed that it was a wonderful film. It didn't hurt that our friend played the main character either :) Julia Stone was amazing in her role as Elizabeth. I'd recommend this film to anyone. The entire audience was engaged throughout and even the boys enjoyed the movie. Great job Tara!

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