Trafic (Traffic) (1972)
Trafic (Traffic) (1972)
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as Monsieur Hulot
as Truck Driver
as Le Directeur
as Dutch Garage Proprietor
as Le garagiste
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Critic Reviews for Trafic (Traffic)
...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.
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.
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.
Everyone is incapable of dealing with the modern world, but Mr. Hulot is even worse off than the rest of us.
has enough moments of inspiration and good will that it does not quite deserve the critical status it has been afforded
Audience Reviews for Trafic (Traffic)
Just as good as PLAYTIME, Jacques Tati's TRAFIC is uproariously witty and demands multiple satisfying viewings. Great movie! 4/4 - Knox Morris
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.
Jacques Tati last work's Trafic is great with very good direction and screenplay. Remarkable.
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