Alain Resnaiss MON ONCLE DAMERIQUE may be the best all-around display of the directors unique narrative and photographic techniques. The film begins with still photographs appearing on the screen as a narrator gives a quick biography of each of the three characters in the movie Jean Janine and Rene. They are presented first in their childhood a picture of Jean collecting clams a picture of Janine reciting poetry to her family and a picture of René in his farm overalls. Then each character introduces him- or herself in young adulthood and the film rolls as they take turns narrating their own biographies. From there with frequent interruptions by Professor Henri Laborit the psychiatrist who takes over as an external narrator the film assumes the traditional third-person approach to its three subjects following them as they marry and separate have affairs suffer rejoice have children find success fail miserably and eventually meet each other. All the while the psychiatrist-narrator adds fabulously absurd but simultaneously poignant existential explanations for why these characters do what they do. MON ONCLE DAMERIQUE is a film in which everything has meaning. Every action every word each gesture color and feeling plays into the explanations of the psychiatrist. Thus as the narrator explains the story the same scenes roll several times adding a touch of good-natured comedy to this sophisticated film.
Release Date: 13 August 2007
Certificate: 12 - Suitable for Persons Aged 12 or Over
Sound: Dolby Digital
Production Year: 1980
Main Language: French