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My American Uncle (1980)
"Mon oncle d'Amérique" (original title)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  17 December 1980 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
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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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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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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 »

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This film did for me what ADAPTATION could not. It pierced my heart.
8 July 2003 | by (Singapore) – See all my reviews

Yes, as my summary went, Mon Oncle d'Amerique did for me, what the clever but emotionally vacant "Adaption" did not(could not). It impaled me.

I have always had a bad taste in my mouth with that Jonze/ Kaufman offering, because it was too smug for its own good and worse, it was emotionally condescending.

But here comes a classic that thumped its nose at conventional human drama and yet came out becoming more humane than most films I have ever seen. Who knew Biological Psychology/ Behavioural Science could breathe such life and heart into a seemingly inconsequential story?

Anyone know where to find a transcript of the film? The last lines uttered by the Doctor summed up everything I loved about this film(and I have seen it just this once!!).

Excellent.

Again, many thanks to my enlightened film buff friends I have met on the net for their strong recommendation of this exceptional master work. For my experiential education in film has received that giant leap with this film.

Will definitely revisit this thought provoking film to fully soak in its wisdom and movie magic. One of the best films I have seen this year!! If you can get hold of it, by all means take that leap, much like I did and be immeasurably rewarded.


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