My American Uncle

My American Uncle

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Alain Resnais
Produced by Philippe Dussart
Written by Henri Laborit
Jean Gruault
Starring Gérard Depardieu
Nicole Garcia
Roger Pierre
Distributed by Gaumont
Release dates
  • 21 May 1980 (1980-05-21)
Running time
126 minutes
Country France
Language French

My American Uncle (French: Mon oncle d'Amérique) is a 1980 French film directed by Alain Resnais. The film stars Gérard Depardieu, Nicole Garcia and Roger Pierre.


The didactic film is built around the ideas of French physician, writer and philosopher Henri Laborit, who plays himself in the film. It uses the stories of three people to illustrate Laborit's theories on evolutionary psychology regarding the relationship of self and society.

René leaves the family farm to become an executive at a French textile firm. Janine leaves her proletarian family behind to become an actress who becomes involved with Jean, a well-educated bourgeois writer/politician. All three characters face difficult choices in life-changing situations that are designed to illuminate Laborit's ideas.



The film won the Grand Prix and the FIPRESCI prizes at the 1980 Cannes Film Festival.[1]

Henri Laborit and Jean Gruault's screenplay was nominated at the 53rd Academy Awards for Best Original Screenplay.


  1. "Festival de Cannes: Mon oncle d'Amérique". Retrieved 2009-05-28.
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