Little White Lie

2014

Biography / Documentary / Drama / Family

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Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 80%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 80%
IMDb Rating 7.2 10 540

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Reviewed by Moviegoer19 10 / 10 / 10

A Thoughtful and Meaningful Documentary

I applaud Lacey Schwartz's intention and success in making this film, assuming I understand her intention, i.e., to bring to light the issue of lying and denial of truth within a family, as well as all the implications about race, being true to oneself, etc. I related personally to the film on more than one level. Like both Lacey and her parents, I grew up in a New York Jewish household, so many of the cultural routines and features shown were ones I also experienced. I also have a "mixed" child; I am white and my son's father is black. Unfortunately, my son would not benefit from watching this film as he is developmentally delayed and would not grasp it. I found myself feeling so warmly toward both Lacey and her mother and father. It is a testament to the love Lacey must have felt growing up, despite having been deceived, that she grew up to be so self-possessed, creative, and intellectually curious rather than becoming someone with anger, depression, and self-destructive behaviors which also could have happened and didn't. She seems to be as beautiful a person inside as she is outside. And, I just love the way she ended the film, by saying she thought of changing her last name, having never particularly liked the name Schwartz, but ultimately decided to keep it because, ironically, in Yiddish, "schwartz" means "black." I wish her, her parents, and everyone else in her family, all the best.

Reviewed by kands6191 9 / 10 / 10

Interesting premise but disappointing

What happened in Lacey's family has happened in many, many families over the years. A woman has an affair while married, gets pregnant, and chooses to raise the child as if they are the child of their husband. Sometimes the husband is aware and sometimes they are not. Sometimes the affair partner looks like the husband and sometimes they do not. Sometimes the child looks very out of place from the rest of the family and sometimes they do not. Women and men have their own reasons for keeping these things to themselves. My disappointment is that Lacey seems to miss the love and acceptance in her family. She assumes that they all suspected she was black but were just keeping it a secret, as if it were something they considered shameful. Perhaps they truly didn't care if she were half black, or any other race or nationality. Perhaps they were accepting and encouraging of the possibility that a married couple was trying to stay together and become a loving family for their child, even if an affair was suspected. That certainly was my feeling as she was telling about her upbringing. She was clearly loved as a member of the family, no questions asked and no declarations about which race she sided with needed. I found the story disingenuous as she repeatedly states she lived in an all white world and didn't see black people until high school. She stated she didn't even think about race. Later she introduces Rodney by saying he was a man she had known all of her life. Several family members or friends relate stories about him so he was clearly involved with her family. I also question her description of black people as thinking that they have to try harder for their achievements to be recognized - this came shortly after she said she was admitted to Georgetown because she looked black in her picture. Unfortunately it is when institutions decide that we black people must be treated differently because of the way we look that we end up having to try harder. I hope that Lacey will learn that looking to the color of her skin will only serve to segregate her in society. I think her family saw beyond her skin color and I admire that. I think that is the only way we will all be equal and free is to see each other as people and not members of a certain race.

Reviewed by Red-125 9 / 10 / 10

"There are none so blind as those who will not see"

Little White Lie (2014) was written and directed by Lacey Schwartz. The movie is the autobiographical story of Ms. Schwartz, who was raised as a white, Jewish child, although her skin was--and is--clearly a light black. Lacey's parents were married, but, as we learn quickly, she is the product of an extramarital affair her mother had with a Black man. The father that raised her either refused to accept the fact that Lacey was not his biological child, or did accept it internally but chose not to openly acknowledge it. It was not until college that Lacey started to perceive herself as black. There's much more to the movie--interviews with her father and her mother, footage--but not interviews-- of her biological father, interviews with friends and relatives, and interviews with Lacey Schwartz herself. It's truly a fascinating situation, that is presented very well by the filmmaker/subject. We saw this film at Rochester's Little Theatre, as part of the excellent Rochester International Jewish Film Festival. Ms. Schwartz herself attended the screening, and answered questions after the movie ended. She very obviously presents herself as a Black woman, albeit a light-skinned Black woman. For the record, she is a wonderful speaker--intelligent, cultured, and articulate. It's a credit to the RIJFF that they were able to bring her to Rochester for the screening. We saw this film on the large screen, but it will work very well on a small screen. My suggestion is to find it and see it. It's a one-of-a-kind, extremely interesting, movie.

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