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

Director:

Writers:

(original scenario), (artistic collaboration) | 1 more credit »
Reviews

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

ON DISC
1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Jour de Fete (1949)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Once a year the fair comes for one day to the little town 'Sainte-Severe-sur-Indre'. All inhabitants are scoffing at Francois, the postman, what he seems not to recognize. The rising of the... See full summary »

Director: Jacques Tati
Stars: Jacques Tati, Guy Decomble, Paul Frankeur
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Monsieur Hulot comes to a beachside hotel for a vacation, where he accidentally (but good-naturedly) causes havoc.

Director: Jacques Tati
Stars: Jacques Tati, Nathalie Pascaud, Micheline Rolla
Mon Oncle (1958)
Certificate: Passed Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Monsieur Hulot visits the technology-driven world of his sister, brother-in-law, and nephew, but he can't quite fit into the surroundings.

Director: Jacques Tati
Stars: Jacques Tati, Jean-Pierre Zola, Adrienne Servantie
Playtime (1967)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Monsieur Hulot curiously wanders around a high-tech Paris, paralleling a trip with a group of American tourists. Meanwhile, a nightclub/restaurant prepares its opening night, but it's still under construction.

Director: Jacques Tati
Stars: Jacques Tati, Barbara Dennek, Rita Maiden
Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

School for Postmen" is a 1947 short film directed and starring Jacques Tati, playing a French postman adamant to prove he can be just as fast as American postmen at delivering mail.

Director: Jacques Tati
Stars: Jacques Tati, Paul Demange
Forza Bastia (2002)
Documentary | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Directors: Jacques Tati, Sophie Tatischeff
Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Jacques Tati teaches an acting class about the subtleties of certain types of people to a group of eager (but not very talented) students.

Director: Nicolas Ribowski
Stars: Jacques Tati, Alain Fayner, Marc Monjou
Short | Comedy | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A boxer is out in the country with his entourage, training for his next fight. Meanwhile, on the farm nearby, Roger is neglecting his chores. As he watches the boxer and his sparring ... See full summary »

Director: René Clément
Stars: Jacques Tati, Max Martel, Louis Robur
Gai dimanche! (1935)
Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Director: Jacques Berr
Stars: Rhum, Jacques Tati
Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Director: Charles Barrois
Stars: Jacques Tati, Hélène Pépée, Rhum
Animation | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A French illusionist finds himself out of work and travels to Scotland, where he meets a young woman. Their ensuing adventure changes both their lives forever.

Director: Sylvain Chomet
Stars: Jean-Claude Donda, Eilidh Rankin, Duncan MacNeil
Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Directed by Jacques Tati's daughter Sophie Tatischeff, Dégustation maison is a thirteen-minute comic short shot in a café in Sainte-Sévère-sur-indre, the same town where Tati's Jour de fête... See full summary »

Director: Sophie Tatischeff
Stars: Dominique Lavanant, Dédé, Gilberte Géniat
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
Monsieur Hulot (as Mr. Hulot)
Marcel Fraval ...
Truckdriver
Honoré Bostel ...
Director of ALTRA
François Maisongrosse ...
François (as F. Maisongrosse)
Tony Knepper ...
Mechanic
Franco Ressel
Mario Zanuelli
Maria Kimberly ...
Maria
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

traffic | police | dog | road | repairman | See All (30) »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

| |

Release Date:

11 December 1972 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Traffic  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Because of an argument between, Jacques Tati and Bert Haanstra, Haanstra left the production. 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 »

Crazy Credits

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 »

Connections

Referenced in The Illusionist (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Marche De La R.A.I.
Written and Performed by Charles Dumont
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Long-winded but entertaining
9 September 2013 | by (Austria) – See all my reviews

This is a slow comedy - the best way to enjoy it is to invite some friends over, put some nice wine or beer plus something to eat on the table and let the "story" unfold on a big screen (Tati's compositions are worth the big screen, even if the film stock is of low quality). Some of the scenes resemble car ballets! "Trafic" satirizes man and his obsession with fetish #1, the car, but it does so in a very nice way, not condemning or condescending, more like a nature documentary showing the behaviour of some strange species. The comedy is very close to Buster Keaton's, at its center technological gadgets, slapstick and social interactions slipping into the absurd. My favourite scene might be the one where some mechanics are repairing the car while watching a live broadcast from the moon (yep, the movie is that old) and begin imitating the low-gravity motions of the astronauts. It's rarely laugh-out loud but it's always inducing smiles! Highly recommended if your attention span is up to it.


3 of 3 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Not as good as the first three garnsr
DVD? ben-613
New Criterion DVD! Released: 07/15/2008 biggles1701
Maria Kimberly chrishanson70
Criterion Collection DVD Is Going OOP! jamescastle
UK Region 2 DVD of Trafic out now! mr-dan-hunter
Discuss Trafic (1971) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?