Trafic (Traffic) (1972)

Trafic (Traffic)

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This comedy is one of the few films by French comedian/filmmaker Jacques Tati (1908-82), born Jacques Tatischeff. His small output is attributed to his perfectionism. Tati wrote, directed, and acted in the films he made. Among his notable films are Jour de Fete, and Mon Oncle. Although his nearly silent films were made long after Buster Keaton's hallmark silent films, his work is often compared to Keaton's. The story concerns Tati's efforts to deliver a gadget-filled prototype car to an auto … More

Rating: G
Genre: Art House & International, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Jacques Tati, Jacques LaGrange, Bert Haanstra
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 15, 2008
Runtime:
Columbia Pictures

Cast


as Monsieur Hulot

as Truck Driver

as Le Directeur

as Dutch Garage Proprie...

as Le garagiste
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Critic Reviews for Trafic (Traffic)

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (4)

...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.

Full Review… | February 2, 2009
Film.com
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | November 14, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | November 14, 2007
New York Times
Top Critic

Everyone is incapable of dealing with the modern world, but Mr. Hulot is even worse off than the rest of us.

Full Review… | November 14, 2007
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

has enough moments of inspiration and good will that it does not quite deserve the critical status it has been afforded

Full Review… | November 10, 2014
Q Network Film Desk

The more modest 1971 comedy Trafic and the 1974 made-for-Swedish-TV movie Parade are both sweet and entertaining, with moments of pure Tati magic.

Full Review… | November 3, 2014
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Audience Reviews for Trafic (Traffic)

½

Jacques Tati last work's Trafic is great with very good direction and screenplay. Remarkable.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

½

Seriously what's so great about this movie?

arashxak
Arash Xak

Super Reviewer

½

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.

Eric Broome
Eric Broome

Super Reviewer

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