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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 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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12 November 1971 (Canada)  »

Also Known As:

My Uncle Antoine  »

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Budget:

CAD 750,000 (estimated)
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(Eastmancolor)

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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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Wow
18 December 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw this film when it first came out and have never forgotten it. My Uncle Antoine is much, much greater than the sum of it's parts. The movie, loosely, is about a pre-adolescent who is sent to live with a relative in a small town in Canada. There are adventures that seem more or less typical but underneath there is a current building. MUA has a leisurely pace but have patience, the reward is coming. I believe the film was sub-titled and as with all non-English speaking movies I've seen it is well worth avoiding any dubbed version. Inevitably dubbed movies reflect the attitudes of a new director and actors, with the additional necessity of lip-synching lines that don't quite fit. The English speaking Amarcord is a travesty, for example, while the sub-titled version sings. My Uncle Antoine is well worth the time to find and watch it in French.


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