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Writers:
Claude Jutra (adaptation)
Clément Perron (adaptation)
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Release Date:
12 November 1971 (Canada) See more »
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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... See more » | Add synopsis »
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5 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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Notable for its tenderness and humor See more (25 total) »

Cast

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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
 
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104 min
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Color (Eastmancolor)
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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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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Notable for its tenderness and humor, 10 June 2012
Author: Howard Schumann from Vancouver, B.C.

The first in the line of Canadian coming-of-age films that included Lies My Father Told Me, Who Has Seen the Wind, Les bons débarras and Léolo, Claude Jutra's 1971 masterpiece Mon Oncle Antoine has remarkably endured as one of the most admired of Canadian films. Set in the snow-covered landscape of Quebec in the 1940s, the film is notable for the tenderness and humor it brings to its story of the loss of innocence of a teenage boy and the awakening of Quebec to its dream of independence.

Benoit (Jacques Gagnon) is a 15-year old boy who has lost both of his parents and is being raised by his Uncle Antoine (Jean Duceppe) and his wife Aunt Cecile (Olivette Thibault). Antoine is the owner of a small general store in an asbestos-mining town who also serves as the village undertaker, and the film poignantly depicts the townsfolk in the rural village on the eve of their annual Christmas celebration. We learn from the outset that the mine owners are English-speaking and the French minorities are treated as second-class citizens, the clouds of contaminated smoke emanating from the mine signaling the unfairness of the system.

The film moves from comedy to drama and back again. Benoit discovers the village priest as he surreptitiously takes a nip of liquor, sneaks a look at a haughty neighbor, Alexandrine (Monique Mercure) as she tries on a corset, and innocently discovers his attraction to a teenage girl, Carmen (Lyne Champagne), who also works in the store. The turning point of the film, however, is the stunning sequence in which the young boy travels on horse and carriage with his Uncle into the winter countryside where they are to retrieve the body of a teenage boy who has succumbed to his illness.

This scene underscores Benoit's initial encounter with death, his awareness of his uncle's alcoholism, and the betrayal he feels when he discovers his Aunt's infidelity upon their return. Mon Oncle Antoine is a memorable and timeless classic and the freeze-frame when we recognize Benoit's transition from childhood innocence to a grudging maturity is as powerful as any including Francois Truffaut's The 400 Blows.

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