"Léa Pool's latest effort is the deeply moving portrait of a young girl's coming-of-age in the early sixties. Hanna is a 13-year-old caught up in the love/hate relationship of her Catholic Québécoise mother and her Jewish immigrant father (Miki Manojlovic). Her father is a failing poet whose artistic aspirations have put a heavy burden on the family, financially and emotionally. Hanna's long-suffering mother (Pascale Bussières) spends her days in a sweatshop and her nights typing up her husband's work. In the middle of this domestic strife, Hanna is desperate to find her own identity and meaning in life."
-- Liz Czach
Toronto International Film Festival [Programme]. Toronto: Toronto International Film Festival, 1999. (p. 148)