Tim Purtell
July 25, 2008 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Mon Oncle Antoine

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
Unrated
runtime
104 minutes
performer
Jacques Gagnon, Lyne Champagne
director
Claude Jutra
author
Claude Jutra

We gave it a B

Claude Jutra’s sensitive portrait of small-town life in ’40s Quebec seen through the eyes of an orphan (Gagnon) doesn’t quite live up to its rep as the ”best Canadian film ever made.” But Paule Baillargeon’s accompanying 2002 doc about Jutra — who never duplicated Mon Oncle Antoine‘s success and committed suicide at 56 — is artful and poignant. Also included in the EXTRAS: A Chairy Tale, a rambunctious ’57 short, codirected by Jutra and Norman McLaren. B

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