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.
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.
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"
It is not a perfect film alright but on some shots you have this awesome feeling that truth is caught on camera. Some are barely acting and altogether the characters are really well written, with all the secondary plots. Jutra started as a documentary filmmaker and you can obviously feel this in this work. "Mon once Antoine" was made in the spirit of Pialat and it compares well thanks to its fantastic cast.
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.
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.