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The Year Dolly Parton Was My Mom

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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 cross-country 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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  • Actors: Gil Bellows, Macha Grenon, Julia Stone
  • Directors: Tara Johns
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Osiris Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: January 24, 2012
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005ZKTGTG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #102,502 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Terrance Richard TOP 1000 REVIEWER on December 5, 2011
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"The Year Dolly Parton Was My Mom" is an independent Canadian film produced by a Montreal-based producer that tells the story of a little 11 year old girl living in the Prairies in Canada in 1976. She discovers she is adopted and one day while watching television sees Dolly performing "I Will Always Love You" on her then syndicated television show called "Dolly" and imagines Dolly is her birth mother. She then is determined to cross the border to the U.S. where Dolly is having a concert to confront her.

The story is amusing, heart-felt and emotional and even if your not a fan of Dolly's (but who isn't?) this movie will tug at your heartstrings. It really shows what children go through when they find out they are adopted at a later age and the importance it is to know their paternal parents.

Dolly Parton loved the movie, but upon seeing it asked that some profanities be removed from the film before she allowed several of her songs be allowed in it. Some great Dollys tunes(sung by Canadian artists) are included and among them are "The Seeker", "Light of a Clear Blue Morning", "Jolene" and "I Will Always Love You". Dolly even does some voice over work for the movie that was recorded in Nashville.

There is also a CD soundtrack that accompanies the movie.

"The Year Dolly Parton Was My Mom" isn't the only Dolly-related independent movie made during 2011. "From Hollywood to Dollywood" featuring real-life twins Gary and Larry Lane debut at many theatres and that too is a beautiful and wonderful film.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By katy b on March 2, 2012
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I must say that I enjoyed this. I started out with no expectation and it entertained very well. It is nicely produced, doesn't attempt to go over the top and for that it works.It is a good small time movie. The music is gently woven into the story and the story line works for me.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By SevierVol on March 8, 2013
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...any book about Dolly Parton is a good book in my opinion! Dolly is a great influence in anyone's life!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 18, 2012
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This is cute movie! A girls coming of age movie. Dolly Pardon is one of favorites. I would recommend those who enjoy family movies.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Shawna M Allen on November 13, 2012
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I love Dolly Parton and bought this movie without ever having seen it since Netflix didn't haven't. Even though Dolly wasn't in it, I was definitely not disappointed. It was a really cute chick flick.
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The viewing public has had access to many "coming of age" movies, most of them dealing with boys, but this is a sparse version of a girl's COA movie. And, I use the word "sparse" in a positive sense. The viewer is invited to draw conclusions, make jumps in plot lines,assumptions of motivations….essentially, become part of the movie. And, isn't that always what draws viewers in?
It's a lovely, thoughtful movie chronically the difficult paradigm of a daughter, mother and a fantasy. The main characters are finely drawn & cast, and even the secondary characters are memorable.
Don't be put off by the Country /Western implications of an association with Dolly Parton. Her involvement is graciously minimal, and, yet essential to the story line. It is well worth your time, and will reverberate long after the movie is over.
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This movie is wonderful and really unique. I love indie films in general but any that also incorporate how wonderful Dolly Parton is both professionally and as a human being is a plus. I loved how Dolly herself was also incorporated into the film but never shown... she never had to act in person in this film - and that was wonderful. If she had, it would kind of seem a bit narcissistic or strange. But she did lend her voice on a voice-over part in what appears to be something she might actually have written a fan.

Worth your time if you like indie films like Napoleon Dynamite or Juno.
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