1981 (film)

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French release poster
Directed by Ricardo Trogi
Produced by Nicole Robert
Written by Ricardo Trogi
Starring Jean-Carl Boucher
Narrated by Ricardo Trogi
Music by Frédéric Bégin
Cinematography Steve Asselin
Edited by Yvann Thibaudeau
Go Films
Distributed by Alliance VivaFilm
Release date
  • 4 September 2009 (2009-09-04)
Running time
102 minutes
Country Canada
Language French
Budget CA$4.625 million
(US$4.5 million)

1981, longer title 1981: L'année ou je suis devenu un menteur (1981: The Year I Became a Liar) is a 2009 Canadian French language comedy-drama film from Quebec written and directed by Ricardo Trogi. It was released on 4 September 2009. The film is autobiographical about the youth years of the director as told by him during the film.


Ricardo (played by Jean-Carl Boucher), 11 years, arrives to a school where he feels completely foreign. With the aim of integrating, he befriends a group of youth named "K-Way rouges" (the K-Way Reds) composed of Jérôme (Gabriel Maillé), Marchand (Dany Bouchard) and Plante (Léo Caron) from the school and tries to woo and impress the beautiful Anne Tremblay (played by Élizabeth Adam). In the process he has to lie his way all through.


  • Jean-Carl Boucher as Ricardo Trogi
  • Sandrine Bisson as Claudette Trogi, Ricardo's mother
  • Claudio Colangelo as Benito Trogi, Ricardo's father
  • Gabriel Maillé as Jérôme, the leader of the "K-Way rouges"
  • Dany Bouchard as Marchand, member of the "K-Way rouges"
  • Léo Caron as Plante, member of the "K-Way rouges"
  • Marjolaine Lemieux as teacher Aline
  • Élizabeth Adam as Anne Tremblay, the beautiful student Ricardo falls ion love with
  • Lauriane Fortier as Anne Tremblay's friend
  • Pierre-Xavier Martel as the Nazi
  • Rose Adam as Nadia Trogi, Ricardo's sister
  • Simone Chevalot as secretary at the school
  • Pierre Mailloux as Mr. Dagenais
  • Jean-Robert Bourdage as Maître Schneider
  • Mikahel Turcot-Beauchemin
  • Ricardo Trogi as Narrator


In August 2014, a sequel, 1987, was released, reuniting Jean-Carl Boucher, Sandrine Bisson, Claudio Colangelo, and Rose Adam to play their roles as the Trogis. The sequel tells the story of Ricardo at 17 years old graduating from high school, trying to lose his virginity, open a club, and loads of other things. The film was released in December 2014 on DVD, Blu-Ray, and VHS (for a limited time) as a kind of retro thing.

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