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Jour de fête

Tati’s (M. HULOT’S HOLIDAY) first film frolics through the adventures of François, a rural postman who is the object of ridicule from his fellow townspeople because of his archaic methods. After watching an American film about modern methods, he mounts his beloved bicycle to demonstrate his own progressive ideas for postal efficiency. A film about technology and change—the bicycle represents traditional, humane values in a world increasingly dominated by machines and driven by the demands of speed and technology—that still resonates in the digital age.

Genres: Comedy

Other Films by Jacques Tati

Playtime

Jacques Tati made a fitfully long career out of diagnosing and then holding a mirror to normative tendencies in French culture, most famously through his M. Hulot character, who often acts as a foil for the absurdity of everyday life. Playtime, his greatest film, sees Tati again donning his Hulot cap and entering the newly

M. Hulot’s Holiday

Tati’s second feature introduces the beloved character Monsieur Hulot, the bumbling, charming, near-silent uncle figure at the heart of his work (including most of his subsequent films—Mon Oncle Amerique, Playtime, Trafic). Sensing a subtle shift in French society during the postwar period, Tati takes Hulot on vacation to the beaches of Southern France—where people are