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Mon oncle Antoine (1971)

Not Rated | | Drama | 12 November 1971 (Canada)
Set in cold rural Quebec at Christmas time, we follow the coming of age of a young boy and the life of his family which owns the town's general store and undertaking business.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jacques Gagnon ...
Lyne Champagne ...
Carmen
Jean Duceppe ...
Olivette Thibault ...
Aunt Cécile
Claude Jutra ...
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
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Set in cold rural Quebec at Christmas time, we follow the coming of age of a young boy and the life of his family which owns the town's general store and undertaking business. Written by Steve Richer <sricher@sympatico.ca>

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12 November 1971 (Canada)  »

Also Known As:

My Uncle Antoine  »

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Budget:

CAD 750,000 (estimated)
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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Quotes

Aunt Cecile: Now for the Virgin Mary and Baby Jesus in the center. The nativity scene is so beautiful this year.
Carmen: Jesus doesn't look too good.
Aunt Cecile: No, he doesn't. He had an accident. We dropped him. But he's so small, it won't show.
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Crazy Credits

The actor who plays the Big Boss is billed as Georges Alexander in the original French language version, but as George Alexander in the dubbed English version. See more »

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Featured in Claude Jutra, an Unfinished Story (2002) See more »

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Often considered Canada's best feature film
22 November 2003 | by (Ottawa, Ont.) – See all my reviews

Don't be fooled by the nostalgic aura that surrounds "Mon oncle Antoine," because like the best of Canadian films darkness lurks just below the surface.

Set presumably in 1940s rural Quebec, the story explores the developing consciousness of young Benoit as he learns to deal with both sexuality and death.

The look of the film is astonishing, especially seeing as a high proportion of criticism towards Canadian cinema by the general public surrounds aesthetics. Beyond this, the unassuming Benoit is a seductive protagonist for the audience, looking at his corrupting community with fresh an innocent eyes.

I recommend reading Jim Leach's critical essay on the film in Canada's Best Features for anyone looking to place the film into a historical context while also dissecting the form of the film. Definitely check this one out.


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