Cote's directorial debut owes a fair amount to the heritage of 'direct cinema' from Quebecois filmmakers like Lefebvre, Brault and Perrault. The film itself lies along a fine line of existential and docu-drama. The genesis of what we have seen since in the work of Cote is definately on display here.The remoteness and vastness of this country is well captured with a rare view of northern Quebec and the James Bay area.
The feeling of an étude taken into account, it was quite nicely put together, I guess the most important part being to have found and explored the location. Even before arriving to Radisson, an appalling ambiance was created with the machine beeping with the mother's heartbeat. The classroom scenes were unexpected. All in all, it was interesting as an experiment.