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Mr. Hulot's Holiday (Les Vacances de Monsieur Hulot) (1954)

Mr. Hulot's Holiday (Les Vacances de Monsieur Hulot) (1954)

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

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AUDIENCE SCORE

Critic Consensus: 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, Rovimore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Jacques Tati, Henri Marquet
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 6, 2004
Runtime:
Janus Films

Cast

Jacques Tati
as Monsieur Hulot
Andre Dubois
as The Commandant
Valentine Camax
as The Englishwoman
Lucien Frégis
as The Hotelkeeper
Marguerite Gérard
as The Strolling Woman
Michele Brabo
as A Vacationer
Jean-Pierre Zola
as Businessman
Suzy Willy
as The Commandant's Wif...
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Critic Reviews for Mr. Hulot's Holiday (Les Vacances de Monsieur Hulot)

All Critics (32) | Top Critics (9)

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

Full Review… | April 29, 2010
Film.com
Top Critic

Though the film is in French with English subtitles, what people say matters little. Its official language is the international patois of slapstick.

Full Review… | March 4, 2010
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | November 18, 2009
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.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

[VIDEO ESSAY] There is an innocent nostalgia and precious regard for all things whimsical and romantic in the films of Jacques Tati. There is also a certain je ne sais quoi that is innately French.

Full Review… | December 11, 2014
ColeSmithey.com

The film has a gentle sense of whimsy, and its observations on life's little annoyances-like the distracting clunk of a set of swinging doors-are benign.

Full Review… | November 3, 2014
The Dissolve

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

Super Reviewer

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.

Mr Awesome
Devon Bott

Super Reviewer

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!

ApeneckFletcher
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

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