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Mon Oncle

Jacques Tati

Explore the complex relationship between human and machine in a series of films celebrating V&A Dundee’s Hello, Robot. exhibition.
See any two films in the season for £10!

Jacques Tati’s 1967 film Playtime may be his most well known, but 1958’s Mon Oncle visits many of the same ideas, nearly a decade earlier, with all of Tati’s trademark wit and warmth.

"A whimsical delight of sound and vision."

Tati’s iconic Monsieur Hulot character is the uncle of the title whose casual, shambling abode is contrasted with the hygienic and automated perfection of that of his sister and brother-in-law’s. His young nephew Gerard is delighted by his uncle’s presence, and Hulot provides a lovely bad influence and counter-point to the boy’s prim and proper father. Echoing the likes of Chaplin’s Modern Times, Tati’s unique style of physical comedy means there are many laughs to be had from the ways in which Hulot struggles to adapt to modern design and technology, both around his in-laws’ miraculously modern home and when he is given a job in a factory. A whimsical delight of sound and vision.

Musio K,  a social robot designed by AKA IntelligenceHello, Robot. Design between Human and Machine. V&A Dundee, until Sunday 9 February 2020. From the robots we know and love, to the robot in your pocket, explore the blurring boundaries between human and machine.

Musio K © AKA, LLC