Mon Oncle (1958)
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as Monsieur Hulot
as Charles Arpel
as Madame Arpel
as Gerard Arpel
as M. Pichard
as Rag Picker
as Suspenders Seller
as Mme. Pichard
as Mlle. Fevier
as Car Seller
as Arpel's Secretary
as Drunken Man
as House Painter
as Madame Arpel's Friend
Critic Reviews for Mon Oncle
No less a masterpiece than its Gallic-tongued cousin.
Satire is not barbed or vicious and everybody can laugh at it and themselves. There's expert blocking out of the characters, creative use of sound, and eschewing of all useless dialog.
Unforgettably funny, wonderfully observed, and always technically brilliant.
Jacques Tati is the great philosophical tinkerer of comedy, taking meticulous care to arrange his films so that they unfold in a series of revelations and effortless delights.
Facing it squarely, My Uncle is perceptibly contrived when it lingers too long and gets too deeply into the dullness of things mechanical. After you've pushed one button and one modernistic face, you've pushed them all.
Jacques Tati, perhaps the greatest of comic directors, made films that demand to be seen on the big screen - his use of space, framing, and perspective require such a scope to truly appreciate the near-obsessive attention to the smallest of details.
Audience Reviews for Mon Oncle
Knocking on the door of Stanley Kubrick, Jacques Tati constructs his work so methodically that it's stunning at first, the layers and layers of depth, but unlike Kubrick all for the smile of recognition. Dogs roam about, boys are mischievous, women gossip, all against a backdrop of encroaching technology threatening to make our lives easier, better. Tati, more than many, saw how the race would use the better tech only in the most egotistical of ways, long before the selfie, or the Kardashians for that matter, existed. The ending sequence alone is a tour de force (is that a French expression?), and Tati is the still a beautiful recommendation for all things Gallic.
A man moves to a new town and struggles with his upper class relatives' reliance on technology. The subject of this film's satire is obvious from the beginning. Clearly, Jacques Tati is saying that technology is over-determining our lives and our relationships. However, the action of the story is mostly ridiculous. Bumbling and foolish, Tati's character stumbles through exaggerated sets, and the film feels like a long slapstick routine with a point. I don't find the film funny, but I could appreciate its point. Overall, slapstick with a point is better than slapstick without a point, but it's still not enough for me.
Mon Oncle is not just a funny satire of the bourgeoisie, technology, falseness and the politically correct, but is also a sweet portrait of childhood and one of the most delightfully films that I ever saw. Fresh.
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