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Mon oncle d'Amérique (1980)

The intersecting stories of three people who face difficult choices in life-changing situations are used to illustrate the theories espoused by Henri Laborit about human behavior and the relationship between the self and society.

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Cast

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René Ragueneau
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Janine Garnier
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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
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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)  »

Also Known As:

Mi tío de América  »

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1.66 : 1
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Alain Resnais: [character name] Pierre Arditi's character is named Zambeaux. See more »

Quotes

Narratrice: [Describing Janine Garnier] Reads Prévert, Aragon, Alexandre Dumas and Michel Zevaco. Never misses a cloak and dagger movie on TV.
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A masterpiece!
22 January 2004 | by See all my reviews

Professor Henri Laborit is one of the geniuses of the previous century. And Alain Resnais directed a movie faithful to the scientist's work.

We could say about Mon oncle d'Amérique that it's a totally original film. It's impossible to compare it to any of the other movies in the history.

This piece of art shows in a very elegant and clever way how we human beings behave. It's as brilliant as deeply moving.

Definitely a must-see that reminds us why we used to admire Gérard Depardieu. The use of the archive footage of Danielle Darrieux, Jean Gabin, and Jean Marais are very touching in the middle of a movie that seems to be cold and demonstrative but that is not.

Watch this masterpiece ASAP. You'll never regret it.


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