“I’m not happy. I’m not made for the country. I hate it here.”
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
The storyline is episodic in nature, but all takes place within one Christmas holiday, thus adding to the sense of communal festivity:
We learn quite a bit about the town from action taking place at or near the general store, where folks gather not only to purchase items but to gawk at others (as when Gagnon sneaks a peak at the town beauty trying on a girdle):
… to celebration (as when a young woman comes in asking for a bridal veil and drinks are served all around).
Eventually, however, more challenging events and dilemmas emerge, forcing Gagnon to accept that the world he’s growing into is flawed and confusing; at one point, he literally takes the reins from the ineffectual adults around him:
Fans of coming-of-age films will certainly want to check this film out, and it’s of general interest to film fanatics given its status within Canadian (specifically Quebecois) film history.
Note: Jutra himself co-stars as an assistant at the store who appreciates Thibault’s middle-aged charms:
Notable Performances, Qualities, and Moments: