Mon oncle Antoine (My Uncle Antoine)

Canada on Screen: Feature Films
Canada 1971. Dir: Claude Jutra. 104 min. DCP

FREE ADMISSION! A national treasure! Voted the best Canadian film of all time in 1984, 1993, and 2004 national polls conducted by TIFF, Claude Jutra’s evocative coming-of-age tale is set in a remote Quebec mining community in the 1940s. Its protagonist is Benoît (Jacques Gagnon), a 15-year-old boy who loses his illusions and his innocence one Christmas as he observes the adult world of hypocrisy, unhappiness, and incompetence. The plot centres on a sleigh trip Benoît and his drunken uncle, the local undertaker, must take in the midst of a blizzard to collect a neighbour’s body. The film, rich in detail, incident, and characterization, features the beautiful wintry camerawork of Michel Brault, perhaps Canada’s most gifted cinematographer.


Note: Due to unforeseen circumstances, A Christmas Story will no longer screen as advertised. We apologize for any inconvenience.

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Introduced by Vancouver film history teacher and critic Michael van den Bos.

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