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Directed by: Jacques Tati

Produced: 1958

Countries & Regions: France

DVD Details

Certificate: U

Studio: British Film Institute

Format: DVD

Region: Region 2

Released: 29 November 2004

Cat No: BFIVD604

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Languages(s): French
Subtitles: English
Interactive Menu
Screen ratio 1:1.33

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Mon Oncle

Cast: Jacques Tati , Betty Schneider , Yvonne Arnaud , Jean-Pierre Zola , Adrienne Servantie , Alain Bécourt , Lucien Fregis , Dominique Marie

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French film-maker and actor Jacques Tati reprises his character Monsieur Hulot from his 1953 film ’Mr. Hulot’s Holiday’. Hulot lives in a... Read More

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French film-maker and actor Jacques Tati reprises his character Monsieur Hulot from his 1953 film ’Mr. Hulot’s Holiday’. Hulot lives in a small backstreet dwelling which contrasts sharply with his sister and brother-in-law Madame and Monsieur Arpel (Adrienne Servantie and Jean-Pierre Zola)’s excessively modern, suburban lifestyle. When Monsieur Arpel becomes concerned about the influence Hulot is having on his young son Gérard (Alain Bécourt), he gives his brother-in-law a job at his factory.

A poetic satire on man against machine. "Extraordinary unforgettably funny, wonderfully observed, and always technically brilliant" Time Out.

Tati the silent genius. As a child, I never could see anything funny in the films of Jacques Tati. Later in life I stumbled across the sublime La Jour da Fete and suddenly this man's genius dawned on me.

Whilst this film remains my firm favourite, Mon Oncle runs a very close second. I have a number of friends today, who handle modern technology with the hilarious awkwardness of "mon oncle".

Watch this film and you will have the smile of someone whose cheeks are stuffed with marshmallows.

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