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"For years (until it was withdrawn from circulation in 1960), [Alexis Tremblay: Habitant] was one of the NFB's most popular films. If one can now easily condemn its ideologically reassuring image of happy peasants secure in the bosom of their faith, it is also necessary to consider its context. It reflects precisely an image propounded at the time by Quebec society itself, most significantly by the Church. But beyond this, it is a striking example of a continuing current in Canadian documentary: the romantic idyll of life on the land, where the innocence and peace of childhood remain undisturbed as humanity lives in harmonious relation with nature."
-- Canadian Film Encyclopedia


Source:
Film Reference Library. "Canadian Film Encyclopedia." Film Reference Library (Toronto International Film Festival Group). http://cfe.tiff.net/canadianfilmencyclopedia/. (s.v. 'Alexis Tremblay, Habitant - The Story of a Farmer in Quebec')