Mon Oncle (1958)


Link: Mon Oncle (The Criterion Collection)

Summary: A man does not quite fit in with his sister or nephew’s modern way of living.

Thoughts: Like Tati’s Playtime (which I enjoyed more), this film has no real plot.  Rather, it’s a set of comedy sketches, a bit like Mr. Bean, though with a much different character to it.  In Mon Oncle, the humor does not come from the main character’s inability to do things right; rather, it comes from the eccentric characters that surround him who try too hard to be modern and stylish.  Overall, I enjoyed the film.  But Tati has a way of developing gags on top of one another so that they’re easy to lose track of, and sometimes they’re so subtle or drawn out that they’re just boring.

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