C'est pas moi, je le jure!
C'est pas moi, je le jure! (It's Not Me, I Swear!) is a Quebec-French-language
Quebec French
Quebec French , or Québécois French, is the predominant variety of the French language in Canada, in its formal and informal registers. Quebec French is used in everyday communication, as well as in education, the media, and government....

 comedy movie released in Quebec
Quebec or is a province in east-central Canada. It is the only Canadian province with a predominantly French-speaking population and the only one whose sole official language is French at the provincial level....

 on September 26, 2008. It is directed by Philippe Falardeau
Philippe Falardeau
Philippe Falardeau is a Canadian film director and screenwriter.His first feature film, La Moitié gauche du frigo won "Best Canadian First Feature" at the Toronto International Film Festival and a Best Screenplay nomination at the Quebec-based Jutra Awards...

 and is adapted from Bruno Hébert's novels C'est pas moi, je le jure!
C'est pas moi, je le jure!
C'est pas moi, je le jure! is a Quebec-French-language comedy movie released in Quebec on September 26, 2008. It is directed by Philippe Falardeau and is adapted from Bruno Hébert's novels C'est pas moi, je le jure! and Alice court avec René. The film's soundtrack contains original songs composed...

and Alice court avec René. The film's soundtrack contains original songs composed by Montreal
Montreal is a city in Canada. It is the largest city in the province of Quebec, the second-largest city in Canada and the seventh largest in North America...

 musician Patrick Watson
Patrick Watson (musician)
Patrick Watson is a Canadian singer-songwriter, and the name of the band which he fronts, whose blend of cabaret pop and classical music influences with indie rock has been compared to Rufus Wainwright, Andrew Bird, Nick Drake, Jeff Buckley and Pink Floyd for their experimental musicianship.-...

. It was screened at the Toronto International Film Festival
Toronto International Film Festival
The Toronto International Film Festival is a publicly-attended film festival held each September in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. In 2010, 339 films from 59 countries were screened at 32 screens in downtown Toronto venues...

, the Berlin International Film Festival
Berlin International Film Festival
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, and the Kingston Canadian Film Festival.


The story begins with a boy hanging himself in a tree, for no apparent reason.
Léon is a 10 year old boy, with a tendency to vandalise, lie, prank, steal or even attempt suicide. He is not necessarily suicidal, but to escape punishments for his other deeds, he uses the suicide trick to get out of blame. When his parents had an argument, he set fire to a bed, simply to make them stop.
The story circulates around the evolving love of Léon, and a girl that lives next door, whose name is Lea. She is regularly beaten by her uncle, and dreams of a normal childhood, specifically showing a desire for Barbie dolls. Their love shows to be difficult however, as at first Leon cannot admit that he likes her, but when he confesses his love, she throws him off by replying that she too loves herself. Léons mother moves away when she and her husband have had a big argument, and leaves the next day for Greece. Léon and his brother struggle to accept this, and try several different ways to get in touch with her, such as running away to Greece, ringing her, or trying to find her home address. Leon follows Lea's plan to go to Greece but really Lea wants to look for her father. Lea runs off to look for her father but her father moved over a year ago, according to a woman. Leon and Lea return but Leons father is furious and Leon jumps off a high ledge to attempt suicide but fails.
One day, a woman that resembles Léons mother arrives from Greece, and delivers both messages and gifts from her. She is most probably a daughter. She also secretly gives Léon's brother the telephone number for her mother, and he telephones her many times in the dead of night; leaving expensive bills for Léon (the chronic liar) to take blame for.
The story ends with Léon going to a local bowling alley where he often goes to spend time, but this time he places his head where the bowling ball hits the pins, and awaits the impact of the ball. Though he wakes up, and realises that life may not be for him, but he is made for life.


  • Antoine L'Écuyer
    Antoine L'Écuyer
    Antoine L'Écuyer is a Quebec actor well known for his lead role of Léon Doré in C'est pas moi, je le jure! for which he won the Best Actor Award at the Atlantic Film Festival...

     : Léon Doré
  • Suzanne Clément : Madeleine Doré
  • Daniel Brière : Philippe Doré
  • Gabriel Maillé
    Gabriel Maillé
    Gabriel Maillé is a Canadian film and television actor who started as a child actor.Maillé appeared in feature films C'est pas moi, je le jure! and 1981 before appearing in a lead role in Marécages....

    Jérôme Doré
  • Catherine Faucher : Léa
  • Jules Philip : 'Mr. Marinier
  • Micheline Bernard : Mrs. Brisebois
  • Denis Gravereaux : Mr. Pouchonnaud
  • Jean Maheux : Bishop Charlebois
  • Évelyne Rompré : Mrs. Chavagnac

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