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Mon Oncle d'Amérique

Mon Oncle d'Amérique (1980)

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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

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Drama, Romance, Art House & International, Comedy

Jean Gruault

Nov 28, 2000

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Mr. Resnais's most successful film in years.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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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.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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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.

May 2, 2014 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Thinking man's film.

September 3, 2007 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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Mon Oncle D'merique is a philosophical puzzle that lingers in the mind long after the closing credit.

January 29, 2004 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

[An] odd, intellectually stimulating film that takes chances with narrative as it also works as a philosophical essay.

July 30, 2003 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Not so much a science experiment as it is a droll satire about love, work and free will.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: eye WEEKLY
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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]
August 15, 2007
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Walter M.

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Very Woody Allenesque but it still works. Thoroughly entertaining!
January 27, 2012
John Ballantine

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Foreign Titles

  • Mein Onkel aus Amerika (DE)
  • My American Uncle (Mon oncle D'Amerique) (UK)
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