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Mon Oncle

When: Sun., Dec. 9, 7 p.m. 2012

Jacques Tati was one of the most precise and congenial of the great film comics. His films contain wonderful moments of absurd humor, yet they're often less hysterical than pleasant, grounded in a sense of observation about the absurdities of the modern world. The second of Tati's four films as the passive, bumbling M. Hulot, 1958's Mon Oncle was also the most acclaimed, winning multiple awards including the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film and the Grand Jury Prize at Cannes. It casts Tati/ Hulot as the uncle to an adoring young boy whose ultra-material parents live in an absurdly stylized "modern" house (actually a series of sets built for the film) and who only finds color and excitement in his drab existence from the visits of his childlike uncle. It's practically a silent film (there's very little dialogue, and very little of it is audible); a number of set pieces involve oddball buildings, factories and a ridiculous fish-shaped aluminum fountain. Guaranteed to put a smile on your face, Mon Oncle plays as part of the Cinema, Inc. series at 7 p.m. Admission requires a Cinema, Inc. subscription, which is $20 for the full series of films. —Zack Smith

Price: $20 (season ticket)

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