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Mon Oncle Antoine (1971)

Mon oncle Antoine (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 12 November 1971 (Canada)
Set in cold rural Quebec at Christmas time, we follow the coming of age of a young boy and the life of his family which owns the town's general store and undertaking business.

Director:

Claude Jutra

Writers:

Claude Jutra (adaptation), Clément Perron (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jacques Gagnon ... Benoit
Lyne Champagne Lyne Champagne ... Carmen
Jean Duceppe ... Uncle Antoine
Olivette Thibault Olivette Thibault ... Aunt Cécile
Claude Jutra ... Fernand, Clerk
Lionel Villeneuve Lionel Villeneuve ... Jos Poulin
Hélène Loiselle ... Madame Poulin
Mario Dubuc Mario Dubuc ... Poulin's son
Lise Brunelle Lise Brunelle ... Poulin's daughter
Alain Legendre Alain Legendre ... Poulin's son
Robin Marcoux Robin Marcoux ... Poulin's son
Serge Evers Serge Evers ... Poulin's son
Monique Mercure ... Alexandrine
Georges Alexander Georges Alexander ... The Big Boss
Rene Salvatore Catta Rene Salvatore Catta ... The Vicar
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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 of his family which owns the town's general store and undertaking business. Written by Steve Richer <sricher@sympatico.ca>

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Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Canada

Language:

French | English

Release Date:

12 November 1971 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

CAD 750,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The film is included on Roger Ebert's "Great Movies" list. See more »

Quotes

Aunt Cecile: I can't find the figures for the nativity.
Uncle Antoine: Careful with the Virgin Mary. She's touchy.
Aunt Cecile: Where's Baby Jesus?
Uncle Antoine: Here comes the Holy Spirit. He'll know.
[Fernand walks in]
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The actor who plays the Big Boss is billed as Georges Alexander in the original French language version, but as George Alexander in the dubbed English version. See more »

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Often considered Canada's best feature film
22 November 2003 | by credmondSee all my reviews

Don't be fooled by the nostalgic aura that surrounds "Mon oncle Antoine," because like the best of Canadian films darkness lurks just below the surface.

Set presumably in 1940s rural Quebec, the story explores the developing consciousness of young Benoit as he learns to deal with both sexuality and death.

The look of the film is astonishing, especially seeing as a high proportion of criticism towards Canadian cinema by the general public surrounds aesthetics. Beyond this, the unassuming Benoit is a seductive protagonist for the audience, looking at his corrupting community with fresh an innocent eyes.

I recommend reading Jim Leach's critical essay on the film in Canada's Best Features for anyone looking to place the film into a historical context while also dissecting the form of the film. Definitely check this one out.


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