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 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, Rovi
Art House & International , Comedy , Drama , Romance
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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 (10) | Top Critics (2)

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… | December 31, 1999
Chicago Reader
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

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

Full Review… | July 30, 2003
TV Guide

Audience Reviews for Mon Oncle d'Amérique


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.

Greg Wood
Greg Wood

Very Woody Allenesque but it still works. Thoroughly entertaining!

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

Like other Resnais films I've seen, Mon Oncle d'Amerique is confusing yet awe-inspiring. Not quite up to the grandeur of Last Year At Marienbad (a top-5 all-time film for me), but a stunning character(s) sketch that weaves in psychology and evolution into an interesting bundle. It takes patience, perhaps even more-so than Last Year, but it reaps its rewards.

Jacob Gehman
Jacob Gehman

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