MON ONCLE D'AMÉRIQUE
The stories of three human beings who face difficult choices in life-changing
situations are used to illustrate the theories espoused by Henri Laborit about
human behavior and the relationship between the self and society. In my view,
all the characters refer different experiences and personalities due to the fact that
they grow in completely different spaces, being treated through simple pictograms
in the poster that refers to the childhood of the 3 personas.
Jean Le gall (Roger-Pierre), a director of cultural programs for French radio;
Rene Ragueneu (Gerard Depardieu), a farmboy who has become a textile executive;
and Janine Garnier (Nicole Garcia), an actress who has an affair with Jean and works
for the same conglomerate as Rene. The film shows us scenes from their childhoods,
their attempts to break away from their families, and their efforts to find happiness and
fulfillment. These characters share a fantasy life shaped by three different movie stars.
As the movie progresses, intermixing portions of Dr. Laborit's lectures and experiments
on white mice with curiously witty vignettes from Jean, Rene, and Janine's lives, we see
them develop as rounded figures propelled by urges toward success and erotic pleasure.
They wrestle with conflicts in the work area and squirm under the pressure of love.
Occasionally, the director shows them with rodent heads acting out Laboritian laws.
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