Watch: Mon oncle Antoine 1971 123movies, Full Movie Online – Set in cold rural Quebec at Christmas time, we follow the coming of age of a young boy and the life of his family which owns the town’s general store and undertaking business..
Plot: Set in cold rural Quebec at Christmas time, we follow the coming of age of a young boy and the life of his family which owns the town’s general store and undertaking business.
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In a genre by itself, this film has a limited audience and narrow appeal coupled with a subtle undertone which permeates the entire production. Nevertheless, it is a remarkable piece of cinema which is as timeless as a rare work of art. Capturing a time in Québec rarely seen in movies, Mon Oncle Antoine’s strength lies in the depth of its characters and the richness of the settings. Duplessis’ Québec, parochial and feudal, is brilliantly cast as the backdrop which could not possibly be achieved by anyone other than a pure laine Québecois.
It would be far too easy to resort to stereotypes, clichés and single-minded myopic statements in this story. Yet the director chose to skip the forced imagery and instead, focused on the essence of life in rural Québec of the time. That makes this film exceptional in its authenticity while not being pretentious in its presentation. If only more contemporary cinematic endeavors would do the same, the viewing public might not be forced to choose between the over-hyped Hollywood Pablum that passes for ‘Must See’ viewing.
Mon Oncle Antoine is – in every sense of the word – unforgettable. It will leave a lasting impression on anyone who has ever lived in – or visited – Québec. A classic. **********************************************
Follow-up: 10 May 2008
After reviewing some of the comments, it’s worth noting Mon oncle Antoine is NOT – and probably wasn’t MEANT to serve as standard Hollywood/American cinema for mass market sales. A coming of age story, yes, but far more than simple memoirs of adolescence in 1940’s Québec. Viewers who’re looking for sheer entertainment at the expense of complex development of the characters will be sorely disappointed. Go watch action/adventure/romance/comedies to be amused. Watch Mon oncle Antoine to be drawn into a seldom seen, but absolutely remarkable society that has been overlooked and ignored for far too long.
The Grapes of Wrath is hardly an edge-of-the-seat thriller, yet the story and characters are what makes this American classic an enduring film. Mon oncle Antoine is in the same genre.
Mon oncle Antoine
The flip side of the jollier Christmas is this sobering, low-key, funereal Eve day slice-of-life spent in a blink-and-you-will-miss mining town, where a boy orphan named Benoit (Jacque Gagnon) helps his “uncle” Antoine (Jean Duceppe) and “aunt” Cecile (Olivette Thibault), their teenage boarder, Carmen (Lyne Champagne), and clerk/assistant, Fernand (Claude Jutra, also director of this film) prepare the general store for its holiday-themed opening, complete with model manger scene in the store window, lights, and festive décor. Prior to this, Benoit helped Antoine (also an undertaker) prepare a miner for a Catholic funeral (Fernand dutifully receiving orders from Antoine and obeying without being sore as well). Benoit even serves as a bored altar boy going through the motions of a day as a priest rarely pays him much mind as he himself does his deeds quietly. The film hints at a tension between the miners of the town and the mine that hasn’t given them raises and serves as a beacon of burden resting high above their home on a mountain nearby, like a looming thundercloud. Then there are the revelations that come as the day settles and Benoit does some growing up. Like how a drunken Antoine just unleashes his disappointments (no real child, a job in a poverty-stricken town, an undertaker when he would have rather been in charge of a hotel in USA instead of a general store in a small spot in Quebec) like a gushing wound bleeding forth, having to operate the horse buggy as Antoine is useless when the casket of a dead young man falls off (Benoit has a cast on one of his arms, and his attempts to get Antoine to help him fails), and discovering Cecile and Fernand fooling around while they are embracing adulterously; these events are life-altering and unexpected. Carmen and Benoit flirting (there’s even a moment of sexual awakening as a horseplay leads to Benoit copping a feel of her breast while Carmen is okay with that, until embarrassment eventually causes her to flee), and her disgusting pops showing up to retrieve her income working at Antoine’s store (the poor state of the people is especially noticeable here) are a glimpse into what this blossoming woman currently has going on in her own life. But what appeared to be a marriage somewhat solid (Cecile and Antoine), the film lets us see behind the curtain, and it proves to be a façade potentially fracturing.
The cold, gloomy environs of the location, a local populace beholden to a mine that is unhealthy and unappreciative to its employees (the film is set right before a strike), and the solemnity of an introverted boy rarely vocal and more introspective are significant attributes to one of Canada’s most celebrated films. Set in the 40s, the director perhaps deserves particular praise for the evocation of time and place, how authentic and realistic the characters are presented (it is as if we are time-warped right into a different era), and the dreary, colorless presence of a low income, grind-it-out, discouragingly dismal everyday existence for the miners who see no real light at the end of the tunnel. The final scene where Benoit looks into the window of the mother who lost her son when he just fell ill bookends the gravity of just how difficult life in the setting is.
The subplot of a miner who grows restless and tired of the job goes a logging, leaving behind his family for what he considers a brief spell, not knowing his son would soon be dead upon return. That kid is the one put in a casket by Antoine and Benoit, with the undertaker inert and almost unaffected by the loss for the family (Antoine eating away at a supper prepared by the mourning wife is rather troublesome). When Antoine later can barely stand, a pitiful mess, Benoit seems to have lost all respect for him. Later, when he sees Cecile for who she really is, Benoit seems totally defeated these people he looked up to are truly flawed and disappointing. Fernand and Cecile trying to tip-toe around what Benoit saw by appealing to him delicately, it failing miserably, proves that the kid has grown up and not duped any longer. My favorite scene has the sophisticated beauty married to the mine accountant arriving at the store looking for a corset, with the guys truly in awe of her.
Original Language fr
Runtime 1 hr 44 min (104 min)
Rated Not Rated
Director Claude Jutra
Writer Claude Jutra, Clément Perron
Actors Jacques Gagnon, Lyne Champagne, Jean Duceppe
Awards 6 wins & 2 nominations
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Mono
Aspect Ratio 1.33 : 1
Laboratory Office National du Film du Canada, Montreal, Canada
Film Length 2,800 m
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process N/A
Printed Film Format 35 mm