Press Junket for Mon Oncle d’Amerique (1980)


Prof. Henri Laborit uses the stories of the lives of three people to discuss behaviorist theories of survival, combat, rewards and punishment, and anxiety. René is a technical manager at a textile factory and must face the anxiety caused by corporate downsizing. Janine is a self-educated actress/stylist who learns that the wife of her lover is dying and must decide to let them reunite. Jean is a controversial career-climbing writer/politician at a crossroads in life. (Written by Dragomir R. Radev, IMDB) 

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Alain Resnais

Cast and Crew

Partial Cast and Crew
(for complete list see IMDB)

Writing Credits
Jean Gruault

Henri Laborit

Gerard Depardieu – Rene Ragueneau
Nicole Garcia – Janine Garnier
Roger Pierre – Jean Le Gall
Nelly Borgeaud – Ariette Le Gall
Pierre Arditi – Zambeaux
Gerard Darrieu – Leon Veestrate
Philippe Laudenbach – Michel Aubert
Marie Dubois – Therese Ragueneau
Henri Laborit – Himself

Produced by
Philippe Dussart – producer
Christian Lentretien – associate producer

Music by
Arie Dzieriatka

Cinematography by
Sacha Vierny

Film Editing by
Albert Jurgenson


Awards, Nominations, Festivals

Partial List ...

  • Jean Gruault Nominated for Oscar for Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen (1981)
  • Alain Resnais won Cannes Firesci Prize and Grand Prize of the Jury, nominated for Palme d'Or (1980)
  • Nominated for Cesar Awards Best Film, Alain Resnais for Best Director, Nicole Garcia for Best Actress, Jean Gruault for Best Screenplay, Sacha Vierny for Best Cinematography, Jacques Sauinier for Best Production Design (1981)
  • Alain Resnais won French Syndicate of Cinema Critics Best Film Award (1981)
  • Alain Resnais won Fotogramas de Plata Best Foreign Film (1981)
  • Won New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Foreign Language Film (1980)
  • Alain Resnais won Venice Film Festival AGIS Award (1980)