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Mon oncle Antoine
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Director:
Writers:
Claude Jutra (adaptation)
Clément Perron (adaptation)
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Release Date:
12 November 1971 (Canada) See more »
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Plot:
Set in cold rural Quebec at Christmas time, we follow the coming of age of a young boy and the life... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
5 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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Life in 1940's Quebec See more (25 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Jacques Gagnon ... Benoit
Lyne Champagne ... Carmen
Jean Duceppe ... Uncle Antoine
Olivette Thibault ... Aunt Cecile
Claude Jutra ... Fernand, Clerk
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
Jean Dubost ... The Foreman
Benoît Marcoux ... Carmen's Father
Dominique Joly ... Maurice
Lise Talbot ... The Fiancée
Michel Talbot ... The Fiancé
Siméon Dallaire ... A Customer
Sidney Harris ... The Helper
Roger Garand ... Euclide

Directed by
Claude Jutra 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Claude Jutra  adaptation
Clément Perron  adaptation
Clément Perron  original story

Produced by
Marc Beaudet .... producer
 
Original Music by
Jean Cousineau 
 
Cinematography by
Michel Brault 
 
Film Editing by
Claire Boyer 
Claude Jutra 
 
Set Decoration by
Denis Boucher 
Lawrence O'Brien 
 
Makeup Department
Rene Demers .... makeup artist
Suzanne Garand .... makeup artist
 
Art Department
Denis Boucher .... props
Lawrence O'Brien .... props
 
Sound Department
Arnold Gelbart .... sound editor
Claude Hazanavicius .... sound
Jacques Jarry .... sound editor
Roger Lamoureux .... sound re-recordist
 
Visual Effects by
Wally Howard .... optical effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
André-Luc Dupont .... assistant camera
Michel Kieffer .... assistant camera
Roger Martin .... electrician
Guy Rémillard .... electrician
 
Music Department
Jean Carignan .... musician: violin (as Ti-Jean Carignan)
Michel Descombes .... music recordist
 
Other crew
Leo Evans .... location manager
Guy Lamontagne .... title designer
Francesca Pozzy .... script girl
Jean Savard .... location manager
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
104 min
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Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Certification:
Belgium:KNT | Canada:PA (Ontario) | USA:Not Rated | USA:TV-MA (TV rating)

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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 afraid of corpses. I've been afraid of corpses for 30 years! I work for everybody. Your aunt never gave me a child. I have to take care of other peoples' children. I raise Carmen and you. Haven't I done all I could for you?
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12 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Life in 1940's Quebec, 25 February 2010
Author: Jerry Jancarik Jr. from Seattle

This film has consistently been voted as the greatest Canadian film ever made in various critics polls over the years. Revered New Yorker film critic Pauline Kael hailed it as a small masterpiece upon original release but it is the sort of slow, intimate, character-based drama that has never achieved the sort of wide appeal (outside of Canada) that more plot focused films have. Watching some of the supplementary material on the Criterion Collection disc, it is also clear that there are many cultural references in the film that will mean more to a Canadian (particularly a French Canadian) than to other viewers.

The film meanders amiably along, capturing in unhurried pace the life of rural 1940's Quebec, in this case an asbestos mining town. The main characters are Benoit, an orphaned boy, the local undertaker Antoine and his assistant Fernand played by the director himself Claude Jutra. Eventually the film reaches its big set-piece, a long, extended night sequence where Benoit and Antoine (covered in furs) must traverse the icy, snow covered landscape via sled to retrieve the body of a boy who has died at a farmhouse.

The director was hailed as the new savior of Canadian cinema at the time of release, but unfortunately never achieved the level of success later on that he did with this film. He mysteriously disappeared one winter and his body was discovered the following spring after the ice had thawed...a simple note attached, "My name is Claude Jutra".

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