While it does seem like an interesting film, it's frustrating that you don't translate at least 25 percent of the dialogue. Not sure I would want this to stand for Canad's greatest film. It's a bit corny.
I was anticipating a true foreign film classic, because it was voted as the #1 Canadian film of all time. Instead I was treated to a modest average film of a depressing Christmas in a small Quebec town. It had its good and bad moments, but I was most dissapointed at the very imcomplete ending. I was expecting more of a plot to follow
FYI:If you want to see a true film about innocence, Watch "Fanny and Alexander"
A marvelous reconstruction of everyday life in Quebec some time ago in the twentieth century. Through mundane activities, french-speaking culture, Canadian harsh weather and structural economic elements, Jutra attempts to frame the "Québécoise" mindset at the time. The result comes with a beautiful cinematography and a good level of sympathy towards the people responsible to create a nation within another country.
Class, community, power, politics in a still-then-fermenting Quebec; the exhilaration/demoralization/triumphs/horrors of the day-to-day business of growing up… shown as much through a perfect convergence of non-narrative elements as through any standard storytelling. Definite testament to the power of cinema that a film so understated can convey SO much. Really great.
Very worthwhile. A deceptively simple film and one in some ways little different to many other coming of age narratives, but with the fascinating element of a particular culture and place that gives rise to unexpected situations.
A lot of charm going for it, but I felt like I'd seen some of these scenes before (or at least some similar ones). A good, intelligently made film overall, even if the ending leaves you with a feeling of melancholy.