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Mon Oncle (1958)



Critic Consensus: Jacques Tati's most accessible film is a paean to gentle values and observing the small details of life.

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In Jacques Tati's first color film, he again plays Monsieur Hulot, a man of simple means living an uncomplicated life. The home of Hulot's sister and brother-in-law is ultra-modern but holds no appeal for Hulot's nephew. So, the boy enlists his uncle's help in waging war on the modern world.

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Jacques Tati
as Monsieur Hulot
Jean-Pierre Zola
as Charles Arpel
Adrienne Servantie
as Madame Arpel
Alain Becourt
as Gerard Arpel
Lucien Frégis
as M. Pichard
Yvonne Arnaud
as Georgette
Claude Badolle
as Rag Picker
Regis Fontenay
as Suspenders Seller
Adelaide Danielli
as Mme. Pichard
Denise Péronne
as Mlle. Fevier
Michel Goyot
as Car Seller
Dominique Derly
as Arpel's Secretary
Max Martel
as Drunken Man
as House Painter
Claire Rocca
as Madame Arpel's Friend
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Critic Reviews for Mon Oncle

All Critics (26) | Top Critics (5)

No less a masterpiece than its Gallic-tongued cousin.

September 8, 2010 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

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.

September 10, 2008 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Unforgettably funny, wonderfully observed, and always technically brilliant.

June 24, 2006 | Full Review…
Top Critic

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.

July 8, 2003 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

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.

May 20, 2003 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Tati's wholehearted rejection of unnecessary dialogue shifts emphasis onto the man himself, and the brilliant performance he delivers.

August 13, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer


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.

Jim Hunter
Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer


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.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

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