‘Everyone has a bit of Hulot in them’ Jacques Tati
Three years after his first film, Jour de fête, Tati introduced the world to Mr Hulot a tall, gentle, hat-wearing, pipe-smoking dreamer. Preceded by the petulant noise of his Amilcar, Mr Hulot arrives in a modest beachside resort in Brittany, and for the rest of his stay at the Hôtel de la Plage, shares the summer routine of a small community made up of regular holiday-makers and local residents as they move from the dining-room to the beach, from the picnic site to the tennis court.
As plot-less as the ebb and flow of ocean tides, as unforgettable as the best memories of a perfect vacation by the seaside, Monsieur Hulot’s Holiday is a subtle, warm-hearted and cheerful portrayal of human nature, from childhood to old age, and an enchantment for the spectators’ senses. The perfect antidote for our present time of doom and gloom.