Mon oncle Antoine – Full Movie (Mining Movie – 1971)

Mon oncle Antoine by Claude Jutra, National Film Board of Canada

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Mon oncle Antoine 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 the late 1940s. 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]

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. It has been voted TIFF List of Canada’s Top Ten Films of All Time 3 out of 3 times.[1]

This film has been designated and preserved as a “masterwork” by the Audio-Visual Preservation Trust of Canada, a charitable non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the preservation of Canada’s audio-visual heritage. [1]

On July 8, 2008, The Criterion Collection released a special 2-disc collector’s edition of the film. On December 23, 2008, Roger Ebert put Mon Oncle Antoine on his Great Movies list.

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