Director: Claude JutraWriter(s): Claude Jutra, Clément Perron
Star(s): Jacques Gagnon, Jean Duceppe, Lionel Villeneuve, Claude Jutra
A small asbestos-mining town in Quebec of the 1940s is the setting for this legendary, bittersweet slice-of-life comedy. Orphaned 14-year-old Benoit (Gagnon) arrives to live with a foster family and becomes a part of the exploits of village life, both comic and tragic. In the f ilm’s set piece, Benoit goes with his uncle Antoine (Duceppe), the town undertaker, to collect the remains of a young lad, who must be buried despite an unrelenting snowstorm. Gagnon gives a hauntingly realistic portrayal of a young boy discovering life’s funny and tragic turns.
Often chosen as the f inest Canadian f ilm of all time, Mon Oncle Antoine won eight Canadian Film Awards, including Best Film, Director and Actor.
“In the loneliness and grandeur of the midnight journey of Benoit and Antoine, there is a haunting beauty.”
— Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
Internationally renowned, Jutra was a giant of Canadian film. He directed more than 30 productions, including Kamouraska, Surfacing, and By Design. Mon Oncle Antoine currently ranks second on the Toronto International Film Festival’s list of the top ten Canadian films of all time.
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