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My American Uncle (1980)

Mon oncle d'Amérique (original title)
Prof. Henri Laborit uses the stories of the lives of three people to discuss behaviorist theories of survival, combat, rewards and punishment, and anxiety. René is a technical manager at a ... See full summary »

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 10 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »
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Cast

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René Ragueneau
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Janine Garnier
Roger Pierre ...
Jean Le Gall
Nelly Borgeaud ...
Arlette Le Gall
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Zambeaux, le représentant de la direction générale à Paris
Gérard Darrieu ...
Léon Veestrate
Philippe Laudenbach ...
Michel Aubert
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Thérèse Ragueneau
Henri Laborit ...
Himself
Bernard Malaterre ...
Le père de Jean
Laurence Roy ...
La mère de Jean
Alexandre Rignault ...
Le grand-père de Jean / Jean's Grandfather
Véronique Silver ...
La mère de Janine
Jean Lescot ...
Le père de Janine
Geneviève Mnich ...
La mère de René
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Storyline

Prof. Henri Laborit uses the stories of the lives of three people to discuss behaviorist theories of survival, combat, rewards and punishment, and anxiety. René is a technical manager at a textile factory and must face the anxiety caused by corporate downsizing. Janine is a self-educated actress/stylist who learns that the wife of her lover is dying and must decide to let them reunite. Jean is a controversial career-climbing writer/politician at a crossroads in life. Written by Dragomir R. Radev <radev@cs.columbia.edu>

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17 December 1980 (USA)  »

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Mi tío de América  »

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There are several scenes from films featuring Danielle Darrieux, Jean Marais and Jean Gabin used in this film. See more »

Quotes

Thérèse Ragueneau: I don't want to leave. I like it here. The house is almost paid for. I'm used to my job. I get along with the staff. There are good schools for the kids, a university nearby! All down the drain to go back to that hole?
René Ragueneau: You remind me of my father! If we talked about change, he talked about his uncle in America!
Thérèse Ragueneau: He died a bum!
René Ragueneau: That's what my father said! It was never proved!
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Intelligent, thought-provoking, mesmerizing
11 October 2000 | by (USC (Los Angeles)) – See all my reviews

I've seen this film twice. The first time, it told me how to view the world. The second time, it represented my view of the world. Everyone's actions are determined by a small number of forces, it says. Everyone's behavior fits into only four categories, it says. And yet, it presents such a wide range of emotions, actions, and thoughts that it seems to contradict its very hypothesis. And yet, it doesn't. Turn your brain on and watch this; give it time to sink in, then watch it again. I guarantee it will change your way of looking at the world. The editing is top-notch, and Resnais is at the top of his form, as he was 20 years earlier with Hiroshima Mon Amour. The ending is a stunner, and it encapsulates the film while at the same time extending its meaning. The cinematography and message will remind you of Resnais' Night and Fog. Brilliant performances from all three leads and Laborit. Give it time, use your brain, and view it multiple times. You will be rewarded.


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