Mon oncle Antoine

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Mon oncle Antoine
Mon oncle Antoine poster.jpg
Directed by Claude Jutra
Produced by Marc Beaudet
Written by Claude Jutra
Clément Perron
Starring Jacques Gagnon
Jean Duceppe
Olivette Thibault
Lionel Villeneuve
Claude Jutra
Music by Jean Cousineau
Cinematography Michel Brault
Edited by Claire Boyer
Claude Jutra
Distributed by National Film Board of Canada
Janus Films
Release dates
  • November 12, 1971 (1971-11-12)
Running time
104 minutes
Country Canada
Language French
Budget CDN$750,000

Mon oncle Antoine (French pronunciation: ​[mɔ̃ nɔ̃kl ɑ̃twan]) is a 1971 National Film Board of Canada (Office national du film du Canada) French language drama film. Québécois director Claude Jutra co-wrote the screenplay with Clément Perron and directed what is one of the most acclaimed works in Canadian film history.

The film examines life in the Maurice Duplessis-era Asbestos Region of rural Québec prior to the Asbestos Strike of 1949. Set at Christmas time, the story is told from the point of view of a 15-year-old boy (Benoît, played by Jacques Gagnon) coming of age in a mining town. The Asbestos Strike is regarded by Québec historians as a seminal event in the years prior to the Quiet Revolution. Jutra's film is an examination of the social conditions in Québec's old, agrarian, conservative and cleric-dominated society on the eve of the social and political changes that transformed the province a decade later.[1]

Critical acclaim[edit]

The film was selected as the Canadian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 44th Academy Awards, but was not accepted as a nominee.[2] It was also entered into the 7th Moscow International Film Festival.[3]

The film has twice been voted the greatest Canadian film ever in the Sight & Sound poll, which is conducted once each decade. The Toronto International Film Festival placed it first in the Top 10 Canadian Films of All Time three times.[1]

This film has been designated and preserved as a 'masterwork' by the Audio-Visual Preservation Trust of Canada, a charitable non-profit organisation dedicated to promoting the preservation of Canada’s audio-visual heritage.[4]

It was featured in the Canadian Cinema television series which aired on CBC Television in 1974.[5]

On 8 July 2008, The Criterion Collection released a special 2-disc collector's edition of the film.

On 23 December 2008, Roger Ebert put Mon Oncle Antoine on his Great Movies list.


Canadian Film Awards – Feature Film, Director, Screenplay, Cinematography, Actor (Jean Duceppe), Supporting Actress (Olivette Thibault), Musical Score, Overall Sound

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Ellerman, Evelyn. "Mon Oncle Antoine Commentary". Canadian Film Online. Athabasca University. Retrieved 7 March 2013. 
  2. ^ Margaret Herrick Library, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
  3. ^ "7th Moscow International Film Festival (1971)". MIFF. Retrieved 2012-12-23. 
  4. ^
  5. ^ Corcelli, John (August 2005). "Canadian Cinema". Canadian Communications Foundation. Retrieved 7 May 2010. 

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