Mon Oncle (1958)

JACQUES TATI

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB

France/Italy, 1958.  Specta Films, Gray-Film, Alter Films, Film del Centauro, Cady Films, Gaumont Distribution.  Screenplay by Jacques Tati, collaboration with .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by , .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

continues the adventures of his popular character Monsieur Hulot. This time Hulot takes on the modern world when his sister and her husband buy themselves a super-futuristic house complete with instant oven and antiseptic pebble garden. Thinking him behind the times in his charmingly rustic existence, his brother-in-law gets him a job at his plastics factory. In the meantime, Hulot’s precocious young nephew keeps company with him as he’s the only adult that he can relate to, and their silly adventures make up the bulk of this sometimes delightful, sometimes exasperating French comedy.

The Criterion Collection:  #111

Academy Award:  Best Foreign Language Film

Cannes Film Festival Award:  Jury Special Prize

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