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Little White Lie

HD   NR Closed Captioning

Lacey Schwartz

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About the Movie

Filmmaker Lacey Schwartz grew up in a typical upper middle class Jewish household in Woodstock, NY, with loving parents and a strong sense of her identity, despite occasional remarks from those around her who wondered how a white girl could have such dark skin. As a child she always believed her family’s explanation — that her appearance was inherited from her dark-skinned Sicilian grandfather — but as a teenager, after her parents abruptly split, her gut begins to tell her something else. Lacey’s suspicions intensify when she attends a more diverse high school, where she suddenly doesn’t quite fit any racial profile, and her classmates are vocal about noting it. At the urging of her boyfriend, who is of mixed race, she begins to question her true identity and the validity of her parents’ explanation. At 18, Lacey finally confronts her mother and learns the truth about her biological father. As Little White Lie shows, both the bonds and the lies told between family members can run deep. Lacey strives to reconcile her newfound African American heritage with her Jewish upbringing, and discovers that in order to define herself, she must first come to terms with her parents’ choices and how much she is willing to let their past affect her future. Piecing together her family history and the story of her dual identity using home videos, archival footage, interviews, and episodes from her own life, Lacey discovers that answering those questions means understanding her parents’ stories as well as her own.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 5
  • Fresh: 4
  • Rotten: 1
  • Average Rating: 6.8/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: The film is a searing portrait of collective denial - a diagnosis from which Ms. Schwartz doesn't exempt herself. – Ben Kenigsberg, New York Times, Nov 24, 2014

Fresh: Schwartz's first-person narrative proves moving. But given that the film is barely an hour long, one can't help but feel that parts could have been developed more ... – Martin Tsai, Los Angeles Times, Nov 26, 2014

Rotten: That story is interesting enough, though Schwartz uses it mainly as a pretext for navel-gazing. – Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader, Aug 14, 2014

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Customer Reviews

Contact Me Lacey Plz!!!

I admire you Lacey. Honestly, no lie. I was going through the exact same thing you went through. I was adopted into a family & there was so many lies told about why I was adopted. I don't know who my real parents are so therefore I do not know my real face. I was brought up to think I was all black but my hair is long and curly and my skin color isn't "black". I'm 18 years old now & im still finding out secrets til this day. I also thought about telling my story or writing a book. You just inspired me to open up more about it. I love you Lacey!!

White Lie

It would have been nice but I rented the movie and couldn't find the download!

More than I ever expected!

What a beautiful, touching film! Lacey Schwartz has made a truly brilliant film about the strange circumstances of her life. Lacey herself has a wonderful screen presence, and her story is fascinating. Her spirit and resilience is remarkable. Most of all, this film is extremely honest. It must have been very difficult for everyone involved.
The ending is satisfying and happy. I simply loved it.

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