A Quebecois classic and truly quintessential Canadian cinema. Jutra's feel for 1940's rural Quebec and for a Canadian/Quebecois identity rings genuine. Nostalgic certainly but also rang true with audiences on release in '71 and since. Performances are strong all around with naturalistic cinematography by the late Michel Brault. Those looking for a linear story and convenient wrap-ups should look elsewhere.
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"