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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 ... 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:

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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:

CAD750,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The film is included on Roger Ebert's "Great Movies" list. See more »

Quotes

Maurice: Benoit... did you you see who just went upstairs? Alexandrine! She's gonna try on her new corset. Let's go watch. You coming?
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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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Astonishing.
21 November 2006 | by A_Bit_of_ClaritySee all my reviews

In a genre by itself, this film has a limited audience and narrow appeal coupled with a subtle undertone which permeates the entire production. Nevertheless, it is a remarkable piece of cinema which is as timeless as a rare work of art. Capturing a time in Québec rarely seen in movies, Mon Oncle Antoine's strength lies in the depth of its characters and the richness of the settings. Duplessis' Québec, parochial and feudal, is brilliantly cast as the backdrop which could not possibly be achieved by anyone other than a pure laine Québecois.

It would be far too easy to resort to stereotypes, clichés and single-minded myopic statements in this story. Yet the director chose to skip the forced imagery and instead, focused on the essence of life in rural Québec of the time. That makes this film exceptional in its authenticity while not being pretentious in its presentation. If only more contemporary cinematic endeavors would do the same, the viewing public might not be forced to choose between the over-hyped Hollywood Pablum that passes for 'Must See' viewing.

Mon Oncle Antoine is - in every sense of the word - unforgettable. It will leave a lasting impression on anyone who has ever lived in - or visited - Québec. A classic. **********************************************

Follow-up: 10 May 2008

After reviewing some of the comments, it's worth noting Mon oncle Antoine is NOT - and probably wasn't MEANT to serve as standard Hollywood/American cinema for mass market sales. A coming of age story, yes, but far more than simple memoirs of adolescence in 1940's Québec. Viewers who're looking for sheer entertainment at the expense of complex development of the characters will be sorely disappointed. Go watch action/adventure/romance/comedies to be amused. Watch Mon oncle Antoine to be drawn into a seldom seen, but absolutely remarkable society that has been overlooked and ignored for far too long.

The Grapes of Wrath is hardly an edge-of-the-seat thriller, yet the story and characters are what makes this American classic an enduring film. Mon oncle Antoine is in the same genre.


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