It’s Not Me I Swear
In French. Leon is ten years old, has lots of problems and an overly fertile imagination. Of course, there is Mom and Dad who are always fighting, and those annoying neighbours who get to spend the summer at the beach. Then, there’s Lea, the exasperating girl who’s always right about everything. In the summer of 1968, when Mom decides to leave everything behind to start a new life in Greece, Leon is prepared to do anything to kill the pain.
As with all coming of age film genres, such movie success depends very much on the young lead actor.
We saw Christian Bale making his mark in 1987 Empire of the Sun, and I’m sure I’ll get to see more of Antoine L’Écuyer excellent acting in the future; who played the annoying ten-year-old Leon in this movie.
Watching this movie is somewhat reflecting on my own past, most of the time, as with Leon, many youngsters these days are left to their own devices.
The film is filled with teary and light-hearted moment, cleverly presented to tug at your heart.
It explores a child outbursts, of the things they do for attention, and the child experiences coming from a dysfunctional family.
This is a movie about life, love and surviving it.