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Mon oncle Antoine (1971)

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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jacques Gagnon ...
Lyne Champagne ...
Carmen
Jean Duceppe ...
Olivette Thibault ...
Aunt Cecile
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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Storyline

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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Release Date:

12 November 1971 (Canada)  »

Also Known As:

My Uncle Antoine  »

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Budget:

CAD 750,000 (estimated)
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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 »

Quotes

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...
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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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Still haunts me after 30 years
12 September 2006 | by (Valencia, Spain) – See all my reviews

Everyone agrees about the technical excellence of this film by Jutra (whose life ended short so tragically). As for the content, of course it makes a difference if you're a Quebecker, and this explains some of the divergence of opinions. For me, it is to cinema what Vignault's "Mon pays, ce n'est pas un pays" is to song. In addition, Jean Duceppe was himself a part of legendary Quebec.

This film can be contrasted with "CRAZY", a current Quebec release that is successful enough to be showing here in Spain and is also about the 1960s. Urban Quebec (Crazy) vs. rural Quebec (Antoine). But also a film that must be something very different for foreigners and for people who know Quebec from the inside.


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