Three generations of a Russian-Jewish immigrant family in 1920s Montreal form the focus of this autobiographical tale by Ted Allen, which enjoyed success in print, radio and television before its adaptation into this film by Oscar-winning Czech director Kadár.
David, a young boy, is caught between the traditional Jewish values of his peddler grandfather (Yossi Yadin) and the material ambitions of his parents, who are preoccupied with supporting him and their new baby. When his father's words don't agree with his grandfather's teachings, David perceives them as lies. Gradually, however, as he moves from innocence towards maturity, David begins to realize that his beloved grandfather is also capable of invention and deception.
"A warm, funny and touching tale."
- Judith Crist, Saturday Review
"Under Ján Kadár's sensitive guidance, this journey back to lost youth touchingly, modestly reveals people as authentic as the settings in which they are captured."
- A.H. Weiller, New York Times
ALSO BY JAN KADAR
Lies My Father Told Me
Canada, 1975, 102 minutes, color
Directed by Ján Kadár
Public Exhibition 16mm Rental available