M. Hulot's Holiday (Les Vacances de M. Hulot)
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‘M. Hulot’s Holiday’ introduces us to M. Hulot, Tati’s iconic gauche but well-meaning Frenchman, who seems always to be in exactly the wrong place at precisely the wrong moment. For M. Hulot, the mere opening of a door is sufficient to cause chaos; one can hardly fathom what might result when he stumbles across a stash of fireworks in the darkness.
Perhaps most charming about ‘M. Hulot’s Holiday’ is its fond treatment of its many characters – each and every one of them, from mischievous children to English matrons, portrayed as both amusing and endearing. As he does in all his films, Tati proves here that the funniest thing in life is other people.