in about 100 words or less
France 115m, B&W
Director: Jacques Tati; Cast: Jacques Tati, Nathalie Pascaud, Micheline Rolla
Lacking any significant dialogue from the main character, this highly visual comedy is an unusual film about an eccentric bumbling gentleman whose misadventures we follow at a seaside resort. Episodic in nature, Mr. Hulot’s Holiday is filled with odd sound effects which punctuate the many cleverly subtle, yet sophisticated comedic gags that are interwoven through the film’s satirical narrative and light jazz soundtrack. It should also be no surprise that both Peter Sellars and Rowan Atkinson have acknowledged Tati’s Hulot as influential in the development of Inspector Clouseau and Mr. Bean (Klaus Ming January 2015).