Mr. Hulot's Holiday (Les Vacances de Monsieur Hulot)1954
Mr. Hulot's Holiday (Les Vacances de Monsieur Hulot) (1954)
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as Commandant's Wife
as The Hotelkeeper
as The Strolling Woman
as Strolling Woman
as Strolling Man
as A Vacationer
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Critic Reviews for Mr. Hulot's Holiday (Les Vacances de Monsieur Hulot)
Tati is heir to the great comics of the silent era, Chaplin and Keaton and Lloyd.
Though the film is in French with English subtitles, what people say matters little. Its official language is the international patois of slapstick.
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.
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.
[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.
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.
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.
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!
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