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Mon Oncle Antoine (Criterion Collection)

Jacques Gagnon , Lyne Champagne , Claude Jutra    Unrated   DVD
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Mon Oncle Antoine is Claude Jutra's masterpiece: A poignant, starkly honest, but humane film, shot through with authenticity from beginning to end. Realized with an unflagging artistic vision, Mon Oncle Antoine poetically portrays a young boy's coming of age, vividly capturing the 1940s Quebec mining town in which he lives. Along with winning many awards in the 33 years since its release, this film has also left a visible influence on succeeding generations of Canadian filmmakers like Atom Egoyan.

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5.0 out of 5 stars film April 2 2014
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tres bon a voir et revoir des pieces de collection qualité parfaite son aussi a se procurer au plus tot...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Canadian cinema Feb. 14 2014
By Paul M.
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I saw this many, many years ago and always remembered it. The movie holds up over time. A great movie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars un classique Oct. 17 2012
le traineau le gin un jean duceppe en pleine forme un grand film une grande realisation de claude jutra . amusant et aussi deroutant . ce film fait il ya des decennies reste escellent .
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Nancy
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Si vous voulez voir comment ça se passait dans le temps, ça peut être un bon film! La dureté du climat, de la vie... l'indifférence des gens comparativement à ce que nous sommes maintenant. Ça peut être un bon film pour faire ce parallèle.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ONE OF OUR FEW TRUE CLASSICS Sept. 29 2002
By ALAIN ROBERT - Published on Amazon.com
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MON ONCLE ANTOINE is about rural life and the coming of age of a teenage boy whose uncle is an embalmer.Slow moving but immensely rewarding;one can feel the director's tenderness for his characters.The film can be hard to appreciate if you don't speak FRENCH or don't know much about the aspects of rural life in QUEBEC and it's mentality..JUTRA the director, plays a little part in the general store.JEAN DUCEPPE who plays ANTOINE was a very well known actor in QUEBEC;he formed his own theater company in 1973 ... Along the way,the teenage boy also makes his sexual awakening in a funny voyeurism scene in which some women comes to the general store to renew their wardrobes.The film remains the director's most acclaim work.JUTRA sadly died of the ALZHEIMER disease in 1986.
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4.0 out of 5 stars One of the best Canadian films ever made Oct. 5 2008
By Ted - Published on Amazon.com
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This review is for the Criterion Collection DVD edition of the film.

Mon Oncle Antoine is a film that has been regarded as the best Canadian film of all time. I can say it is one of the best I have seen also.

The film is directed by Claude Jutra and is about a teenage boy living in an asbestos mining town in rural Quebec during Christmas in the 1940's. He works for his uncle who is the town mortician. The film has great cimenatography and has some great scenes of the town.

The DVD has some good special features also on this double disc set.

Disc one contains the film with both the original French language track and an optional English dub, plus the theatrical trailer.

Disc two contains a 2007 documentary on the film's production, a 2002 biography of Claude Jutra, and "A Chairy Tale" a 1957 short film that Jutra co-directed with Norman McLaren. (This film is about a chair the moves around to avoid being sit on.)

This film is very good and I highly recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Get the Criterion Edition! Jan. 30 2010
By Cuthbert J. Twiddle - Published on Amazon.com
I can't say this film makes the same stunning impression on me that it did the first time I saw it in a theatre (in 1971) but it's still an absolute gem! I looked for it on VHS for years in America to no avail, couldn't even find it on a couple of trips to Canada although I know it was released on VHS at one time there. When Image released it on DVD several years ago I of course immediately purchased it. That release wasn't bad but the Criterion version is far better. It's from a new high definition transfer in the proper widescreen aspect ratio (the Image version was full screen 4:3) and looks better than I remember it ever looking in theaters. The second disc contains a 2007 one hour documentary on the film itself as well as a 2002 feature length (82 minutes) documentary on director Claude Jutra, both made for Canadian television I believe. An early short by Jutra and the theatrical trailer are also included. Despite the usual Criterion premium price this edition is highly recommended if you love this film as much as I do...or even if you've never seen it and want to have a great movie experience. It's in French with or without English subtitles. A dubbed English track is also on the disc if you prefer that (I don't!).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mon Oncle Antoine - a "small" classic Feb. 25 2010
By Jerry Jancarik Jr. - Published on Amazon.com
This film has consistently been voted as the greatest Canadian film ever made in various critics polls over the years. Revered New Yorker film critic Pauline Kael hailed it as a small masterpiece upon original release but it is the sort of slow, intimate, character-based drama that has never achieved the sort of wide appeal (outside of Canada) that more plot focused films have. Watching some of the supplementary material on the Criterion Collection disc, it is also clear that there are many cultural references in the film that will mean more to a Canadian (particularly a French Canadian) than to other viewers.

The film meanders amiably along, capturing in unhurried pace the life of rural 1940's Quebec, in this case an abestos mining town. The main characters are Benoit, an orphaned boy, the local undertaker Antoine and his assistant Fernand played by the director himself Claude Jutra.
Eventually the film reaches its big set-piece, a long, extended night sequence where Benoit and Antoine (covered in furs) must traverse the icy, snow covered landscape via sled to retrieve the body of a boy who has died at a farmhouse.

The director was hailed as the new savior of Canadian cinema at the time of release, but unfortunately never achieved the level of success later on that he did with this film. He mysteriously disappeared one winter and his body was discovered the following spring after the ice had thawed...a simple note attached, "My name is Claude Jutra".
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4.0 out of 5 stars Immersed in Québec June 16 2009
By J. A. Eyon - Published on Amazon.com
Often voted Canada's greatest film... well... it's a damn good mood piece, anyway.

A splice of life story set in Québec of the 1940s, starting with seemingly random glimpses of life in an asbestos mining town as seen thru the eyes of a teenage boy. Then, halfway, it assumes something like a plot (which I found engrossing) before ending at a scene that doesn't tie things up neatly. In other words, an art house film.

Since I grew in a small town, I immediately felt immersed in the small town setting despite the cultural differences. I liked the natural look of the cinematography, the location shooting, the sense of improvisation in certain scenes and the use of non-actors -- even in a couple lead roles. Altho most of the vital roles were turned over to some very good French Canadian actors -- including the director himself -- Claude Jutra.

Despite the political turmoil in Québec at the time of the filming, the political overtones were reduced to mere hints. That may have been a lucky thing cuz the film now has a timeless quality.

Here's a rare opportunity to experience something of the nearby mystery that is Québéc.
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