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Claude Jutra (adaptation)
Clément Perron (adaptation)
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12 November 1971 (Canada) See more »
Set in cold rural Quebec at Christmas time, we follow the coming of age of a young boy and the life... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Jacques Gagnon ... Benoit
Lyne Champagne ... Carmen
Jean Duceppe ... Uncle Antoine
Olivette Thibault ... Aunt Cecile
Claude Jutra ... Fernand, Clerk
Lionel Villeneuve ... Jos Poulin
Hélène Loiselle ... Madame Poulin
Mario Dubuc ... Poulin's son
Lise Brunelle ... Poulin's daughter
Alain Legendre ... Poulin's son
Robin Marcoux ... Poulin's son
Serge Evers ... Poulin's son
Monique Mercure ... Alexandrine
Georges Alexander ... The Big Boss
Rene Salvatore Catta ... The Vicar
Jean Dubost ... The Foreman
Benoît Marcoux ... Carmen's Father
Dominique Joly ... Maurice
Lise Talbot ... The Fiancée
Michel Talbot ... The Fiancé
Siméon Dallaire ... A Customer
Sidney Harris ... The Helper
Roger Garand ... Euclide

Directed by
Claude Jutra 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Claude Jutra  adaptation
Clément Perron  adaptation
Clément Perron  original story

Produced by
Marc Beaudet .... producer
Original Music by
Jean Cousineau 
Cinematography by
Michel Brault 
Film Editing by
Claire Boyer 
Claude Jutra 
Set Decoration by
Denis Boucher 
Lawrence O'Brien 
Makeup Department
Rene Demers .... makeup artist
Suzanne Garand .... makeup artist
Art Department
Denis Boucher .... props
Lawrence O'Brien .... props
Sound Department
Arnold Gelbart .... sound editor
Claude Hazanavicius .... sound
Jacques Jarry .... sound editor
Roger Lamoureux .... sound re-recordist
Visual Effects by
Wally Howard .... optical effects
Camera and Electrical Department
André-Luc Dupont .... assistant camera
Michel Kieffer .... assistant camera
Roger Martin .... electrician
Guy Rémillard .... electrician
Music Department
Jean Carignan .... musician: violin (as Ti-Jean Carignan)
Michel Descombes .... music recordist
Other crew
Leo Evans .... location manager
Guy Lamontagne .... title designer
Francesca Pozzy .... script girl
Jean Savard .... location manager
Crew believed to be complete

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104 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
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Sound Mix:
Belgium:KNT | Canada:PA (Ontario) | USA:Not Rated | USA:TV-MA (TV rating)

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A critics poll held once a decade, since 1984, at the Toronto International Film Festival has named this movie the greatest Canadian film of all time 3 decades in a row.See more »
Benoit:[Benoit and his uncle Antoine try to recover a casket that has fallen off their sleigh. Antoine is in a drunken state] Don't let go!
Uncle Antoine:I can't, Benoit. Sometimes you just can't.
Benoit:Yes, you can! My arm's in a cast and I can do it. We're almost there. Don't give up. You can do it.
Uncle Antoine:[Dejectedly, and in a drunken stupor] What am I doing here, Benoit? I'm not happy. I'm not made for the country. I hate it here. I wanted to buy a hotel in the States. Your aunt wouldn't let me. She says no to everything. I'm afraid of corpses. I've been afraid of corpses for 30 years! I work for everybody. Your aunt never gave me a child. I have to take care of other peoples' children. I raise Carmen and you. Haven't I done all I could for you?
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More here than some give it credit for, 27 June 2013
Author: bandw from Boulder, CO

This movie is as much about a time and a place as it is about its characters. The time is the 1940s and the place is a small mining community in Quebec, Canada, at Christmas time. The movie has such an air of authenticity that I felt that I had gotten a glimpse into what life was like in that community at that time.

The story centers on the experiences of fifteen year old Benoit, an orphan living with his uncle and aunt who run a general store, as well as a funeral parlor. Also living there is Carmen, a young woman of Benoit's age. Most transitions from adolescence to adulthood take years, but Benoit goes a long way to making that transition in a matter of a couple of days. The events that transpire in those days change Benoit from a rather carefree innocence to a sober appreciation of the complexities of life and death. We are witness to the joys, frustrations and sorrows of the people we meet.

Benoit's youthful experiences are universal in the large (sexual awakening, death, duplicitous behavior, dashed expectations), but they are unique to him and that uniqueness is what makes coming of age stories ceaselessly interesting. There is a scene where Benoit is chasing Carmen around among the caskets (such life amid the symbols of death) and he finally catches her as she falls to the ground. He puts a hand on her breast, exciting for him even though she is fully clothed. What happens then is one of those moments that make these experiences unique--neither Benoit nor Carmen knows quite what to do at this juncture and they wind up just staring at each other. If you cannot appreciate such a tender scene, then you will likely not appreciate this movie.

Several themes lurk in the background. One is the friction that exists between the French and English speaking peoples of the province. After finishing a beer in a bar, one of the French Canadians says, "That's one that the English will not get." The bitterness between the English speaking Quebecers and the francophone Canadians is brought home in the scene that has the English speaking mine owner tossing cheap Christmas gifts into the snow from his horse-drawn carriage. The harsh life of the mine workers is portrayed with just enough emphasis to make the point. The ugly and oppressive presence of the asbestos mine casts a somber shadow over the entire proceeding, particularly given the health consequences of the mineral.

Director Jutra chose Jacques Gagnon from the townspeople to play the role of Benoit, instead of casting a professional young actor for the role. I think this turned out to be a fortuitous choice, since Gagnon gives a surprisingly natural performance, aided by some skill-full camera work. Many of the local townspeople appear in the movie, adding to the feeling of authenticity; the use of natural lighting adds to this as well.

Several people have accused this movie of having no plot. I am always puzzled what such people mean by that. This movie presents a sequence of interrelated events leading to a dramatic final scene. To me that is a plot. I wish some of these plot deniers would spell out what they mean by their comment. Maybe I could see the charge sticking when applied to a movie like Warhol's "Empire" (a continuous shot of New York's Empire State Building for eight hours and five minutes), but not to this movie.

I found this engaging and altogether worthwhile.

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