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Trafic (Traffic)

Trafic (Traffic) (1972)

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The legendary French comedian Jacques Tati returns as his most famous character, the bumbling M. Hulot, in this gentle but pointed satire of 20th Century car culture. In Trafic, Hulot is working as a designer for a major French automotive firm and is struggling to finish his latest project in time for an international auto show in Amsterdam -- a compact recreational vehicle that features everything from an electric razor and a collapsible couch to a built-in barbecue grill. While the car is

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Art House & International, Comedy

Jacques Tati, Jacques LaGrange

Jul 15, 2008

Columbia Pictures

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All Critics (15) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (15) | Rotten (0) | DVD (2)

...in the breezy vapor that amounts to the movie's plot, it's not the destination that counts, but the leisurely, amiably aimless travel you take getting there.

February 2, 2009 Full Review Source: Film.com
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A masterpiece in its own right -- not only for the sharp picture of the frenetic and gimmick-crazy civilization that worships cars, but also for many remarkable formal qualities.

November 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Like Godard, Tati is also remarkably appreciative of the odd beauty that can be revealed in the shapes, patterns and colors created by the technology of planned obsolescence.

November 14, 2007 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Everyone is incapable of dealing with the modern world, but Mr. Hulot is even worse off than the rest of us.

November 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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In this charming comedy, Tati reinstates his protagonist and alter-ego, rediscovering the bucolic joys of country life.

July 10, 2012 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
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Tati making tentative amends with technology

September 25, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion
CinePassion

Trafic is a relative trifle but nevertheless delightful.

August 7, 2009 Full Review Source: Oregonian
Oregonian

... an imaginative, clever, gently humorous spoof of car culture and the drivers who are stuck in its gridlock

August 27, 2008 Full Review Source: Turner Classic Movies Online
Turner Classic Movies Online

An enjoyable classic in choreographed sight gags about gridlock.

July 22, 2008 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Jacques Tati's Trafic serves as a scaled-down but inescapably fitting companion piece to its predecessor, the monumental Playtime.

July 14, 2008 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Not Tati's best but still has magical moments.

January 17, 2008
KPBS.org

Tati, who's brilliant at commenting on modernization, here again provides insights into modern life that make for one of the freshest and funniest pictures to hit the screen in years.

November 14, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

It's familiar, and nonetheless spirited and inventive.

November 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Not Coming to a Theater Near You
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

While the plotlessness and lack of dialogue may take some getting used to for the uninitiated, Tati's sense of humour quickly becomes addictive.

November 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Film4
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Audience Reviews for Trafic (Traffic)

Jacques Tati last work's Trafic is great with very good direction and screenplay. Remarkable.
January 6, 2012
Lucas Martins

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The unique style of Jacques Tati's humor requires some adjustment. His jokes are almost all sight gags, and they often occur in corners of the screen where they're easily missed. Not only do his movies welcome repeat viewings, but they practically demand them.

Tati has better films, but "Trafic" is certainly worthwhile. The story is more linear than his usual plotless, environment-based comedy -- his alter ego Mr. Hulot, a glamorous publicist (Maria Kimberly), her shaggy lapdog and another colleague or two are caravanning from Paris to Amsterdam for a car show. A truck carries their precious cargo: a small camper rigged with all sorts of delightful hidden conveniences (shower, barbecue, picnic table, bed, etc.) But multiple comic mishaps occur on the road and threaten to prevent the group from arriving in time.

The first half-hour is a bit dull, but the action eventually picks up. The scene where the car's gadgets are revealed is the highlight, but other notable bits include a recurring joke about giveaway plaster busts, a prank to convince the publicist her dog is dead (it's funnier than it sounds) and a clever illusion where a baby's naked bottom is mistaken for a woman's cleavage.
June 6, 2012
Eric Broome

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Foreign Titles

  • Tati im Sto▀verkehr (DE)
  • Traffic (Trafic) (1971) (UK)
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