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


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

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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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Already familiar to many, especially following his acclaimed directorial debut Jour De Fete, Jacques Tati came into his own and reached new levels of popularity with 1953's Les Vacances De Monsieur Hulot. The first film to introduce his much-loved alter ego Monsieur Hulot, it sets the pattern for future appearances of the character, throwing the bumbling hero unwittingly into the middle of the action and letting the ensuing mishaps provoke humor ranging from gentle observations to fairly biting satire. The setting this time is a stuffy resort community fond of the peace and quiet that Hulot interrupts without fail. Nearly dialogue-free and driven more by episode than plot (like all of the Hulot films), standout set pieces include a disrupted funeral, an interrupted game of cards, and -- one of Tati's signature bits -- a game of tennis played with rules that can politely be called unconventional. ~ Keith Phipps, Rovi

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Jacques Tati
as Monsieur Hulot
Andre Dubois
as Commandant
Suzy Willy
as Commandant's Wife
Valentine Camax
as Englishwoman
Lucien Frégis
as The Hotelkeeper
Marguerite Gérard
as The Strolling Woman
Marguerite Gérard
as Strolling Woman
Rene Lacourt
as Strolling Man
Michèle Brabo
as A Vacationer
Jean-Pierre Zola
as Businessman
Michèle Brabo
as Holidaymaker
Georges Adlin
as South American
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Critic Reviews for Mr. Hulot's Holiday (Les Vacances de Monsieur Hulot)

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

    Apr 29, 2010 | Full Review…
  • Though the film is in French with English subtitles, what people say matters little. Its official language is the international patois of slapstick.

    Mar 4, 2010 | Rating: 3/4
  • 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.

    Nov 18, 2009 | Rating: 4/5

    David Fear

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • 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.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • As for [director] Jacques Tati taking a holiday by the seaside, he is sometimes so exquisitely funny he sets the heart rocking with joy.

    Feb 19, 2019 | Full Review…
  • There is something detached, austere, unyielding, about the ostensibly soft and clumsy Hulot.

    Jul 6, 2018 | Full Review…

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

Slapstick at it's finest. Never has comedy looked more beautiful than in the hands of the great Jaques Tati.

Graham Jones
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.

Devon Bott
Devon Bott

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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!

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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a charming series of sight gags and sound effects with no real plot

Stella Dallas
Stella Dallas

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