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Mon Oncle (Criterion Collection) (1958)

Cast: Jacques Tati, Jean-Pierre Zola, Alain Becourt, more...
Director: Jacques Tati
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Criterion
Genre: Comedies, Foreign, Slapstick, France, Dysfunctional Families, Criterion Collection
Running Time: 116 min.
Languages: French
Subtitles: English
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Five years after his first appearance, Jacques Tati's M. Hulot returns with Mon Oncle, a film set along the dividing line between Paris' past and its future. Aligned (as is the film) with the former, Hulot lives in a colorful, overpopulated Parisian neighborhood and, lacking employment, spends his days waiting to pick up his adoring nephew from school, and subsequently escorting him to his parents' ultra-modern house. Filled with gadgets, some turned on only to impress the neighbors, the house seems designed specifically to frustrate Hulot, who unwittingly disrupts its operations at every opportunity. Concerned about his future, Hulot's relatives attempt to find him gainful employment and pair him off with a neighbor, with little success on either front. The nearly dialogue-free film is less concerned with the family's attempts as they relate to an overall plot, and more interested in how they play into its overall scheme of contrasts and allow for Tati's unmistakable sight-and-sound gag set pieces. ~ Keith Phipps, All Movie Guide

This Criterion Collection Edition includes a video introduction by Terry Jones, "L'ecole des facteurs" - Tati's 1947 short, and new and improved English subtitles which are optional. The film is presented in its origianl 1:33:1 aspect ratio.

GreenCine Member Reviews

Finally "Getting" Tati by talltale August 7, 2004 - 5:06 PM PDT
6 out of 6 members found this review helpful
I first saw Jacques Tati's "Mr. Hulot's Holiday" as a teenager and didn't think much of it. Then I saw his "Playtime" as a young adult and didn't think much of it, either. But now, approaching senior citizen status, I finally watched MON ONCLE and enjoyed it a lot. The quiet, slightly bizarre humor; the amazing color palette; the wonderful take off/take down of modern living and the haute bourgeoisie--most of this is quite wonderful and surprisingly original, too. Chaplin occasionally comes to mind and once in a while, the whole enterprise threatens to collapse into the too-too precious. But then something truly funny/wacky takes place and you'll be chortling all over again. If you've never seen a Tati (or started on him too young and underdeveloped, as I did), give this one a try.

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