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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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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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CAD 750,000 (estimated)
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1.33 : 1
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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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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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Will appeal if you're a certain kind of film-goer
14 January 2009 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This isn't quite the best Canadian film ever, IMO. I won't get off track and name 3 or 4 better. Just a couple of nights before I'd seen "The Bicycle Thief", the highly rated Italian classic, and there are some parallels. Both filmmakers shot their film in a specific time and specific place, with minimal resources in terms of sets and cast. And the result in both cases is fascinating and a joy to watch for the realistic setting and characters alone. The lingering shots over faces and landscape almost make this worth watching on its own. That being said, this one isn't quite in the same league as the Italian classic. The movie is shot in a frigid, barren Quebec asbestos mining town. That frigidity is contrasted with the warmth of the people and the eye of the filmmaker Claude Jutra. Basically, what you get is a series of vignettes that are likely nostalgic recollections of Jutra - not ha, ha funny - but poignant, and probably sometimes difficult at the time, but now warmed over with the patine of nostalgia. The movie meanders; there is little tension. Somewhere around half to two thirds way through the story begins. Everyone you've met to this point is involved, and you've gotten to know these characters rather well; so have a little patience at the outset. The story is a good one; it will leave you thinking, and it involves sex, love and death, all the basic elements. If you like Bergman, Godard, Truffaut, all that kind of stuff, you won't be disappointed by this.


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