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Mon Oncle d'Amérique (1980)

Mon Oncle d'Amérique (1980)

Mon Oncle d'Amérique




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Alain Resnais's Mon Oncle D'Amerique is presented in the form of a "case history," replete with a pedantic narrator, played by real-life behavioral scientist Henri Laborit. Gerald Depardieu plays a plant manager whose behavior is inspired by the films of "macho" French film star Jean Gabin. Nicole Garcia portrays an actress who has patterned her conduct after stage and film luminary Jean Marais. And Roger-Pierre is a TV executive whose main influence in life is lovely cinema actress Danielle Darrieux. Though it may sound like a Woody Allen comedy, Mon Oncle D'Amerique eschews satire for the most part, treating both its subject matter and its subjects with intense seriousness. The film scored a hit with moviegoers and critics alike, and was honored with six French Cesar Awards. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovimore
Rating: PG
Genre: Drama, Romance, Art House & International, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Jean Gruault
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 28, 2000
Criterion Collection


Gérard Depardieu
as Rene Ragueneau
Nicole Garcia
as Janine Garnier
Roger Pierre
as Jean Le Gall
Marie Dubois
as Therese Ragueneau
Laurence Badie
as Mme. Veestrate
Jean Daste
as M. Louis
as Narrator
Héléna Manson
as Mme. Crozet
Pierre Arditi
as Zambeaux
Gérard Darrieu
as Leon Veestrate
Philippe Laudenbach
as Michael Aubert
Alexandre Rignault
as Jean's Grandfather
Guillaume Boisseau
as Jean as a child
Nelly Borgeaud
as Arlette Le Gall
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Critic Reviews for Mon Oncle d'Amérique

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (3)

Mr. Resnais's most successful film in years.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

The film is also memorable for its dead-on portrayal of French yuppiedom in its early ascendancy and for its beautifully ambiguous and open-ended finale.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

A film that at once disturbingly deconstructs human behavior in an almost clinical -- and bitterly comic -- manner, while evidencing great warmth and fondness for its benighted characters.

Full Review… | May 2, 2014
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Thinking man's film.

Full Review… | September 3, 2007
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Mon Oncle D'merique is a philosophical puzzle that lingers in the mind long after the closing credit.

Full Review… | January 29, 2004
Spirituality and Practice

Audience Reviews for Mon Oncle d'Amérique

[font=Century Gothic]"Mon Oncle D'Amerique" is an example of the Alain Resnais we all know and are flabbergasted by. The movie starts out as a faux nature documentary that turns its attention to that most educated of animals - human beings. Specifically, it is about three people - Janine(Nicole Garcia), an actress with a radical background; Jean(Roger Pierre), a government minister and Rene(Gerard Depardieu), a manager of a textile mill. The movie delves into their personal histories, backgrounds and influences(including cinema with occasional glimpses of movies starring Jean Gabin and Jean Marais), showing what role they would play in how their lives would turn out.(And are they happy with the destination once they get there?) But chance also plays a very important part, especially in the first meeting between Jean and Janine. [/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]Other directors would probably be more subtle in exploring these themes but Resnais does have a very unique approach which lends credence to my theory that we are all just lab rats on LSD.(If you have any better theories, let me know.)[/font]

Walter M.

Super Reviewer

Very Woody Allenesque but it still works. Thoroughly entertaining!

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer


The film is also memorable for its dead-on portrayal of French yuppiedom in its early ascendancy and for its beautifully ambiguous and open-ended finale.

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