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3,629 Ratings

Mon oncle

Directed by Jacques Tati
France, 1958
Comedy

Synopsis

Set loose in a society of gaudy materialism, the amiably oblivious Monsieur Hulot is back. He explores the oppressively tricked-out and ultramodern “conveniences” of his sister’s bourgeois home.

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Mon oncle Directed by Jacques Tati

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

1958 | Winner: Jury Special Prize

Academy Awards

1959 | Winner: Best Foreign Language Film

National Board of Review

1958 | Winner: Top Foreign Films

New York Film Critics Circle Awards

1958 | Winner: Best Foreign Language Film

A tent pole curio [Venom] and an all-time masterpiece [Mon oncle] both featuring wayward outcasts with bodies that won’t cooperate. Their mere existence threatens the hype and spaces of new technologies. Physical disruption equals inspiration, and in each outburst of movement the echoes of vaudevillian performance can be seen.
December 28, 2018
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There are so many visual gags, layered into each sequence, it’s almost enough to be distracted by the solitude of it all. For while Hulot was the center of Monsieur Hulot’s Holiday, here he seems more peripheral, his final expulsion a natural extension of the plot. The final images, rather touching ones, find Charles and his son Gérard ultimately bonding over the lamp post prank. What had been a completely combative relationship has softened in a shared bond over slapstick violence.
September 26, 2017
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In Mon oncle, Tati pays homage to À nous la liberté and Modern Times when M. Hulot, the bumbling embodiment of a more playful and organic bygone France, briefly works in his brother-in-law’s ultra-mechanized plastics factory. But the most inspired sequences take place in that nightmarish contemporary home. The façade has been described as resembling a human face, but it’s actually more like a robot’s, and for the inhabitants it’s like living among moving mismatched parts.
November 25, 2016
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