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Mon oncle Antoine

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There was a time when the general store was the crossroads of life, a place where a boy could learn all he needed for the way ahead--especially when his uncle was the storekeeper, and also the undertaker, and the nephew often called upon to lend a hand. This film recalls such a store in a village in the asbestos mining area of Quebec in the early 1940s.

The film presents a hundred-and-one vignettes of village life--all the bitter-sweet nostalgia with which a man might remember the events that thrust him into manhood. The action takes place on Christmas Eve--the one time of the year when the mine closed its doors, and the store bustled with humanity. For a few hours the villagers could forget their poverty and converge on the store for gossip and revelry. In the midst of it all was Uncle Antoine, customary ebullience and ribald humour whetted by occasional recourse to the gin bottle, and always somewhere in the background, his nephew Jacques taking it all in. But for Jacques this night was to bring sudden initiation into some of the harsher, cruder realities of life, even acquaintance with tragedy and death.

Mon oncle Antoine is about a Quebec that makes no headlines but reflects the whole of life, the ebb and flow of hope and despair that might be in anyone's memory. In French with English subtitles.

1971, 110 min 20 s

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Best Canadian Film - Category: Canada's Ten Best
International Film Festival
September 6 to 15 1984, Toronto - Canada

Hemi Award for Best Role by a Teenager to Jacques Gagnon
HEMISFILM
February 9 to 11 1976, San Antonio - USA

Hemi Award for Best Direction to Claude Jutra
HEMISFILM
February 9 to 11 1976, San Antonio - USA

Hemi Award for Best Actress to Olivette Thibault
HEMISFILM
February 9 to 11 1976, San Antonio - USA

First Prize of the Festival
Festival du film de neige
December 26 to 30 1974, Chamrousse - France

Best Film of the Festival
International Film Festival
June 7 1974, Auckland - New.Zealand

San Gregorio Award
International Film Festival
April 29 to May 6 1973, Valladolid - Spain

Certificate of Merit
Film Critics and Journalists Association of Ceylon
November 21 1972, Colombo - Sri Lanka

Gold Medal and Diploma for the Best Music to Jean Cousineau
Festival international du film d'auteur
April 7 to 14 1972, Bergamo - Italy

Gold Hugo for Best Feature Film
International Film Festival
November 5 to 20 1971, Chicago - USA

Silver Hugo for Best Screenplay to Clément Perron
International Film Festival
November 5 to 20 1971, Chicago - USA

Etrog for Best Sound Track to Jean Cousineau
Genie Awards
October 1 1971, Toronto - Canada

Etrog for Best Overall Sound to Roger Lamoureux
Genie Awards
October 1 1971, Toronto - Canada

Etrog for Best Cinematography to Michel Brault
Genie Awards
October 1 1971, Toronto - Canada

Etrog for Best Direction to Claude Jutra
Genie Awards
October 1 1971, Toronto - Canada

Etrog for Best Performing by an Actor in a Leading Role to Jean Duceppe
Genie Awards
October 1 1971, Toronto - Canada

Etrog for Best Original Screenplay to Clément Perron
Genie Awards
October 1 1971, Toronto - Canada

Etrog for Best Feature Length Film
Genie Awards
October 1 1971, Toronto - Canada

Etrog for Best Supporting Role by an Actress to Olivette Thibault
Genie Awards
October 1 1971, Toronto - Canada

Diploma of Honour
International Film Festival
July 19 to August 2 1971, Moscow - Russia