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4.1
558 Ratings

Mon oncle d'Amérique

Directed by Alain Resnais
France, 1980
Comedy

Synopsis

Prof. Henri Laborit uses the stories of the lives of three people to discuss behaviorist theories of survival, combat, rewards and punishment, and anxiety.

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Mon oncle d'Amérique Directed by Alain Resnais

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

1980 | 2 wins including: FIPRESCI Prize

Venice Film Festival

1980 | Winner: AGIS Award

Academy Awards

1981 | Nominee: Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen

César Awards

1981 | 6 nominations including: Best Film

Critics reviews

One of the film’s most delightful elements is that each person closely identifies with a different French cinema star… An angry René, just about to lose his cool, cuts to a raving Jean Gabin. Sometimes when we can’t express our emotions it’s best to leave it to our cinematic alter-egos—they can handle life so much more artfully.
November 12, 2009
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While the quasi-determinist theories of Laborit (who occasionally appears on-screen to lecture us in a white lab coat) are never very interesting or persuasive, the film can never really be reduced to them. What matters here is the fluidity of Resnais and screenwriter Jean Gruault’s masterful storytelling; they manage to convey a dense, multilayered narrative with remarkable ease and simplicity.
May 01, 1989
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Shortsighted critics seem to imagine that the fictional material merely illustrates what Laborit says, although Resnais inserts some jokey shots of ‘human’ mice to demolish any such notions. His triumph is to create a new kind of fiction: a drama that not only leaves room to think, but opens up fissures that thoughts flood into, some prompted by Laborit, others by personal reflections, yet others by dreams. Inevitably, it ends in a riddle, and one which proves that surrealism lives.
January 01, 1985
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