Lies My Father Told Me is memorable for the heartwarming way in which it depicts a child's life in the Jewish ghetto in Montreal in the 1920s. The motifs are simple and direct, but effective. While the story is episodically structured, the upshot is a cohesive viewpoint, as the audience is drawn into the child's world and curiosity. While the cast is not well-known, the characters that they create are believable and authentic. The film was directed by Hungarian-born Ján Kadár, but its insider's view came from writer/actor Ted Allan. A somewhat different version of this story was filmed in 1960, also with an Allan screenplay.