Mon Oncle

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  • Directed by Jacques Tati
  • 1958France116 minutesFrench (with English subtitles)
  • Prologue by Prologue by Lisa Landrum, Professor of Architecture, University of Manitoba

The awkward but elegant Monsieur Hulot visits his sister’s family at their quirky modern home and garden, and attempts to take a respectable job at the humourless plastic hose factory owned by his portly bourgeoise brother in law. Poking fun at gadgetry and the car obsessed modern suburban landscape, while revelling in the charming persistence of the nearby town centre Mon Oncle is an amusing satire of the modern lifestyle of materialist suburbanites. This Academy Award-winning film is as relevant today as it ever was—especially perhaps in Winnipeg where enlightened critiques of suburbia and modernity have yet to fully land and where those who cherish the creative force of anachronism tend to thrive.