Mr. Hulot drives a recreational vehicle from Paris to Amsterdam in his usual comical, disastrous style.

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Monsieur Hulot (as Mr. Hulot)
Marcel Fraval ...
Truckdriver
Honoré Bostel ...
Director of ALTRA
François Maisongrosse ...
François (as F. Maisongrosse)
Tony Knepper ...
Mechanic
Franco Ressel
Marco Zuanelli ...
Mechanic (as Mario Zanuelli)
Maria Kimberly ...
Maria
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At Altra Motors, Mr. Hulot designs an ingenious camper car with lots of clever features. A lorry hauls the prototype to an important auto show in Amsterdam, with Mr. Hulot alongside in his car and a spoiled, trendy PR exec, the young Maria, in her sports car packed with designer clothes and her fluffy dog. The lorry has every imaginable problem, delaying its arrival. A flat tire, no gas, an accident, a run-in with police, a stop at a garage, and numerous traffic jams showcase vignettes of people and their cars. Through interactions with these down-to-earth folks, Maria gradually loses her imperious conceit, becoming much more relaxed and fetching. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Trivia

At the car-show in Amsterdam, Hulot's company Altra has a spot which is captured by Volvo and their new series Volvo 140 sedan and Volvo 145 station-wagon. See more »

Goofs

Around 00:11:15, we see a car exit from the manufacturer. This car is turning on right, closed to a yellow car. On next shot, the yellow car is missing. See more »

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In the opening credits, Tati is billed simply as "M. Hulot." He does, of course, use his real name for his writing and directing credits. See more »

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Referenced in Traffic Jam (2013) See more »

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Trafic
Written and Performed by Charles Dumont
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My brief review of the film
21 January 2006 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

It takes about half an hour for this film to warm up, but once it gets going, it is a great watch. As the fourth entry in Tati's M. Hulot series, the film is not quite as good as the two previous entries, 'PlayTime' and 'Mon Oncle', but it is still a fine film on its own, with not only amusing puns but also interesting satirical elements once again. Like with the previous two films, 'Trafic''s jokes owe a lot to the way in which the shots are set up, and in general Tati does a fine job visualising the material. Some shots appear to lack meaning or thematic motivation, but in general they help to flesh out the humour at technology. It is also interesting how there is a distinct lack of close-ups until the end. Everything going on is so interesting that one wants to look closer, but Tati places the viewer at a distance. The jokes are often funnier because we cannot see the finer details, and this is perhaps Tati saying something in the way of that if we distance ourselves we can see humour that we might miss otherwise if we try to examine everything too closely. As usual, the music used is excellent too, fitting in well with the on-screen action. Overall, the film does not work quite as well as 'PlayTime' and 'Mon Oncle', but there is little reason to regard it as an inferior entry - just a lesser entry, perhaps.


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