Mon Oncle is a movie by Jacques Tati that centers on Monsieur Hulot, the uncle of Gerard Arpel. Gerard is the son of materialistic parents who live in a geometric house where they are entrenched in a machine-like existance of work, fixed gender roles, and the acquisition of status through possessions and conspicuous display. Each element of Villa Arpel is representational rather than functional, an environment completely hostile to the comfort of its occupants. In choosing modern architecture to punctuate his satire, Tati once stated, "Les lignes géométriques ne rendent pas les gens aimables" ("modern architecture does not produce amiable inhabitants").
1 ^ Les Années Sauvages: Mon Oncle, ARTE Magazine, 20.45 Cinéma, 30 Decembre 2002, p. 2