Mon oncle Antoine (My Uncle Antoine)

Director: Claude Jutra Year: 1971 Run Time: 107min
Mon oncle Antoine (My Uncle Antoine) (1971)

A small asbestos-mining town in Quebec of the 1940s is the setting for this legendary, bittersweet slice-of-life comedy.

Orphaned 14-year-old Benoît (Gagnon) arrives to live with a foster family and becomes a part of the exploits of village life, both comic and tragic. In the film’s set piece, Benoît goes with his uncle Antoine (Duceppe), the town undertaker, to collect the remains of a young lad, who must be buried despite an unrelenting snowstorm. Gagnon gives a hauntingly realistic portrayal of a young boy discovering life’s funny and tragic turns.

Often chosen as the finest Canadian film of all time, Mon Oncle Antoine won eight Canadian Film Awards, including Best Film, Director and Actor.

“In the loneliness and grandeur of the midnight journey of Benoît and Antoine, there is a haunting beauty.” — Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times


Director(s):

Claude Jutra

Writer(s):

Claude Jutra, Clément Perron

Producer(s):

Marc Beaudet

Cast:

Jacques Gagnon, Jean Duceppe, Claude Jutra, Lyne Champagne, Olivette Thibault

Genre(s):

Drama

Language(s):

French, Dubbed in English

Subtitles:

English, French

Region:

Mon oncle Antoine is filmed and set in Quebec. Claude Jutra is from Quebec.

Ratings by Province:

NR Alberta
NR British Columbia
PG Manitoba
14 New Brunswick
NR Newfoundland and Labrador
14 Nova Scotia
NR Northwest Territories
NR Nunavut
PG Ontario
14 Prince Edward Island
G Québec
NR Saskatchewan
NR Yukon