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Les Vacances de Monsieur Hulot (Mr. Hulot's Holiday)

Les Vacances de Monsieur Hulot (Mr. Hulot's Holiday) (1953)



Average Rating: 8.8/10
Reviews Counted: 24
Fresh: 24 | Rotten: 0

Pleasant, lackadaisical, and very charming, Monsieur Hulot lays the groundwork for Jacques Tati's later, more accomplished films.

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Critic Reviews: 4
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Pleasant, lackadaisical, and very charming, Monsieur Hulot lays the groundwork for Jacques Tati's later, more accomplished films.



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An amiable bachelor spends his summer holidays at a small seaside resort where he inadvertently triggers off a series of mishaps.



Jacques Tati, Henri Marquet

Jan 6, 2004

Janus Films

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All Critics (30) | Top Critics (9) | Fresh (24) | Rotten (0) | DVD (13)

Tati is heir to the great comics of the silent era, Chaplin and Keaton and Lloyd.

April 29, 2010 Full Review Source:
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Though the film is in French with English subtitles, what people say matters little. Its official language is the international patois of slapstick.

March 4, 2010 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
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Jacques Tati's bumbling stick-bug of an alter ego is considered by many to be the funniest creation to come out of Gallic cinema.

November 18, 2009 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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There are some real laughs in it, but Mr. Hulot's Holiday gives us something rarer, an amused affection for human nature -- so odd, so valuable, so particular.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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A great introduction to the work of Tati, who made only a few movies but is rightly recognized as one of the great visionary directors.

December 24, 2009 Full Review Source: Oregonian

By the end, Tati has evoked the place with such grace and lulling humor that we wouldn't mind staying there.

February 3, 2009 Full Review Source:

A genial plotless comedy based on silent-screen slapstick and pantomine routines.

November 17, 2005 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Comment (1)
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Exquisitely funny masterpiece with one of the greatest physical comedians of all time.

September 23, 2004
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies

M. Hulot's Holiday is an unalloyed delight of a movie! It's rarely hysterically funny, but it is constantly charming.

September 22, 2004 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

An often hilarious, often slow, and thoroughly odd film.

May 4, 2004 Full Review Source: Goatdog's Movies
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There's also an unforced feel that makes it unlike nearly any other screen comedy.

March 5, 2002 Full Review Source:

the retro feel that the passing decades have bestowed upon it may make it even more enjoyable today than it was in 1953.

December 11, 2001 Full Review Source:

Tati's comic rhythms are graceful and almost elegant, heavily reliant on strict timing and careful composition.

May 23, 2001
Q Network Film Desk

...a cinematic gem, and one not to be missed...worth a hundred-fold the money you’d spend for any of today’s attempts at screen comedy.

May 22, 2001
Movie Metropolis

As lazy and disjointed as Mr. Hulot's Holiday seems, you know Tati worked out every small detail in advance.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
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Audience Reviews for Les Vacances de Monsieur Hulot (Mr. Hulot's Holiday)

Slapstick at it's finest. Never has comedy looked more beautiful than in the hands of the great Jaques Tati.
December 10, 2013
Graham Jones

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Writer, director and actor Jacques Tati invites us to glimpse into his strange little world in "Mr. Hulot's Holiday", a film that paved the way for comedians like Mr. Bean's Rowan Atkinson. Mr. Hulot's Holiday is slightly less absurdist than later Tati fare like "Mon Oncle", but there are times when the film teeters just on the brink of the unreal, and could pass for some sort of fever dream. The plot, if it exists at all, is quite simple: Mr. Hulot goes to a summer beach resort and mingles with the other tourists. Naturally, the film winds up being a series of vignettes sharing only the beach resort and Tati himself as the common denominators. Mr. Hulot could be described as "blissfully unaware" by his friends and admirers (which includes the young blonde woman Martine, who's completely bored by the intellectuals following her around and utterly charmed by Hulot's bizarre antics) and a "menace to society" by those he annoys (and there are plenty of those running around the resort as well). Tati gets the little things right, he shows an eye for details we all know subconsciously but rarely acknowledge in our day to day lives. It's in the way Tati is able to capture the distant memories of some collective past. Hulot's holiday is over all too quickly.
May 16, 2012
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a trip seaside's just the ticket, and this'll call for attention to detail on your part, you'll have to actually watch it (just like they did in the old days!), cause there's nearly no dialogue to spell out for you what's happening. And what is happening? nothing. just a trip seaside. it's just the ticket!
May 14, 2011

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a charming series of sight gags and sound effects with no real plot
October 11, 2008
Stella Dallas

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Foreign Titles

  • Die Ferien des Monsieur Hulot (DE)
  • Monsieur Hulot's Holiday (UK)
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