Mon Oncle D’Amerique (1980)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5

France, 1980.  , , , , , , , , , , , , , .  Screenplay by , based on the writings of .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Leave it to experimental filmmaker Alain Resnais to not only film an interview with behavioural scientist Henri Laborit but to create a narrative out of its principles. It concerns the lives of three individuals, two men and one woman, of varying backgrounds and ambitions. Gerard Depardieu plays a strictly Catholic-raised farmboy who becomes the manager of a textile company and must face his fears when the company decides to downsize.   is a politician who turns to writing when his political career hits a standstill, leaves his wife and shacks up with a successful actress () who turns out to be more than he can handle. The paths that these three characters take, and their crossing over, is a fascinating, gorgeous examination of the human condition that is very intellectual and yet never feels dry or pretentious. Resnais shows a lot of vigour and strength in his direction twenty-one years after his stunning feature debut with Hiroshima, Mon Amour, and the camerawork and performances are up to the highest standard. The screenplay is even better.

Academy Award Nomination:  Best Original Screenplay

Cannes Film Festival Award:  Grand Jury Prize


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