Ciné-Club: Mon Oncle

Ciné-Club: Mon Oncle


Sunday, November 8 at 1:00 p.m.
Free admission - Donations encouraged
This event takes place online - zoom links will be emailed by Sunday morning.

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To join our Zoom discussion at 1:00 PM, click here: https://af-chicago.zoom.us/j/85673939843?pwd=a2FFYURrQWhCdGx0M2xTc1hORWlQdz09

For more information on how to participate in Ciné-Club, please see the "about" section at the bottom of this page.

Save us from the suburbs, Monsieur Hulot! This week, we're taking it easy with of France's most charming cinematic goofballs. Join us as we take a look at Jacques Tati's avuncular spectacle: 

Mon Oncle (1958)

Rent on iTunes or Amazon Prime, or watch with an HBO Max subscription

Modern living isn't for everyone. It's particularly not for Monsieur Hulot, Tati's famous pipe sporting urbanite, who loves the grime and grunge of his city apartment and can't imagine why his sister ever moved to the suburbs. Hulot is much adored by his nephew Gérard, who tires of the ultra-chic house and the ultra-chic friends that his parents surround themselves with, and wants only to spend time with his favorite uncle. When Hulot comes to visit his kin in their super-modern villa, Gérard finds his one shot to disrupt the status quo. Shenanigans ensue! 

Tati's film is a quirky comedy with clear Chaplin influences, but make no mistake - this cinéaste has an eye for detail and design all his own. Come for the hilariously clever prop comedy, stay for the fabulous sets and the surprisingly thoughtful commentary on the shifting cultural norms of France in the midcentury. Let's talk about it!

 

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ABOUT CINÉ CLUB:

Isn’t it time you caught up on all those French classics you’ve been meaning to watch? If you’re a cinéphilefrancophile, or just looking for some fun conversation in these isolating times, we’ve got you covered.
Each week, we’ll reveal the film up for discussion by Wednesday on our social media and the events page of our website. We’ll also include some context to consider while watching, and some links for where to view it. You’ll have the rest of the week to watch the film independently and then we’ll group up online via Zoom on Monday at 6:30 PM to discuss. BYOB (or W). Sound good?  

For the sake of inclusivity, the discussion will be in English. When you register, we’ll send you a link for accessing the conversation group. Come full of thoughts or just full of ramblings – we’ll take either, or both! 

Discussion will be led by Matthew Jackson, a former AF culture intern. Matthew studied film at the University of Chicago and spends most of his time blathering about movies online.