My American Uncle

by Alain Resnais 2h5min France 1979
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Pascale Ferran

This is the great model of a story that combines theory and fiction, while weaving a third thread
on how imagination constitutes us.


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My American Uncle
by Alain Resnais

People’s behavior is always determined by their unconscious impulse. To illustrates his theory Professor Laborit selects three destinies: Jean, a careerist middle class man, Janine, an actress of humble origins, and René, the son of a peasant, who has built his own textile company. All three characters face difficult choices in life-changing situations.

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  • Roger Pierre : Jean Le Gall
  • Nicole Garcia : Janine Garnier
  • Gérard Depardieu : René Ragueneau
  • And with: Alexandre Rignault, Nelly Borgeaud, Marie Dubois, Pierre Arditi, Gérard Darrieu, Philippe Laudenbach


  • Director Alain Resnais
  • Scenario Jean Gruault
  • Original work author Henri Laborit
  • Photo director Sacha Vierny
  • Set Design Jacques Saulnier, Philippe Turlure
  • Costume Design Catherine Leterrier
  • Sound Jean-Pierre Ruh, Gérard Loupias, Georges Prat
  • Editing Albert Jurgenson
  • Original music Arié Dzierlatka
  • Producer Philippe Dussart
  • Production Compagny Andréa Films, Les Productions Philippe Dussart
  • Distributor MK2

Technical information

  • Aspect ratio1.66:1
  • Printed film format35 mm
  • Original sound mixMono
  • Production1979
  • Release date for France05/21/1980
  • CategoryFeature film
  • ColorBlack and White / Colors
  • LanguageFrench
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