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Monsieur Hulot's Holiday (1953)

Les vacances de Monsieur Hulot (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy | 16 June 1954 (USA)
Monsieur Hulot comes to a beachside hotel for a vacation and accidentally, but good-naturedly, causes havoc.


Jacques Tati


Jacques Tati (story), Henri Marquet (story) | 6 more credits »
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »




Complete credited cast:
Jacques Tati ... Monsieur Hulot
Nathalie Pascaud Nathalie Pascaud ... Martine
Micheline Rolla Micheline Rolla ... The Aunt (as Michèle Rolla)
Valentine Camax Valentine Camax ... Englishwoman
Lucien Frégis Lucien Frégis ... Hotel Proprietor (as Lucien Fregis)
Suzy Willy Suzy Willy ... Commandant's Wife
Marguerite Gérard Marguerite Gérard ... Strolling Woman
Louis Pérault Louis Pérault ... Fred
André Dubois ... Commandant
Raymond Carl Raymond Carl ... Waiter
René Lacourt René Lacourt ... Strolling Man
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nicole Chomo Nicole Chomo ... Denise - Girl Scout with Backpack
Édouard Francomme Édouard Francomme ... Restaurant Patron


Monsieur Hulot goes on a holiday to a seaside resort but accidents and misunderstandings follow him wherever he goes. The hotel guests' peace and quiet doesn't last with Hulot around, because although his intentions are good, they always turn catastrophic. Written by Leon Wolters <wolters@strw.LeidenUniv.nl>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


It's laugh-vacation time as Jacques Tati romps through the most gloriously mad lark ever to tickle the ribs of young and old alike!




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Did You Know?


Rowan Atkinson cites this film as one of the influences for his Mr. Bean character, particularly for his film Mr. Bean's Holiday (2007), which is also set in France. See more »


In the sequence around the fireworks, when the proprietor of the hotel (Mr Menard) awakens and descends down the stairs, he reaches for the light switch. But the lights turn on before he turns on the switch. See more »


[first lines]
Commandant: ...and, dear Lady, in those days I was a Cavalry Captain, and there was discipline and authority!
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Crazy Credits

The film ends with a shot of the now-deserted beach, over which is superimposed a graphic of a bright red postmarked stamp. See more »

Alternate Versions

Original French version is ca. 18 minutes longer than the US version. See more »


Referenced in The Party (1968) See more »

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Like the best vacation you never took
6 February 2015 | by jrd_73See all my reviews

People are in a hurry to go on vacation. They rush to the train depot. They speed down the pavement. They are all in an absurd hurry to relax and have no patience for slower traffic or animals. One such slower vehicle is a loud jalopy. It stops in front of a dog sunning itself in the middle of the road. The vehicle's owner honks the horn which sounds delightfully odd. The dog wags its tail but does not move. The horn sounds again and, once again, the dog wags its tail. Finally, the dog gets curious and goes over to the car. A hand reaches out from the car and gently pets the dog before easing the car onward to its destination. The owner of the car is Monsieur Hulot and he, too, is going on vacation. The fact that he is not in a hurry like his fellow vacationers can be attributed to the fact that Hulot lives life at an unhurried pace something that many of his acquaintances neither understand nor appreciate. Hulot is a man who prefers animals to things, play over strategy, summer relaxation over summer business, and freedom over rigid order (the headwaiter at the hotel where Hulot stays is constantly befuddled by this guest).

Monsieur Hulot's Holiday is a funny, touching, and humane look at a summer vacation. As viewers we follow Hulot, an earnest but clumsily unlucky man, through a few blissfully lazy summer days. We share his energy in play (tennis and ping pong). We feel his delight when dancing with a pretty girl at a masquerade party, where few adults have bothered to attend. We are painfully aware of Hulot's embarrassment as he dishes out abuse at a Tom who was not in fact peeping. We laugh, and cringe, at Hulot's valiant but doomed attempts to stop the escalation of an ill-timed fireworks display. Finally, at the film's conclusion, we sense the bittersweet quality with which Hulot ends his vacation, a vacation that has had humor and sadness, adventure and boredom, romance and dejection, in short a vacation full of life.

Director and Hulot star Jacques Tati does not always succeed in making me laugh (although when he does, I laugh heartily), but he always makes me smile. This week was my third go around for Monsieur Hulot's Holiday. I first watched the film a decade ago. I predict I will watch it another three times in the next ten years. I see too many films that offer nothing. Monsieur Hulot's Holiday always leaves me smiling, if somewhat sadly, from ear to ear.

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Release Date:

16 June 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Argentan, Orne, France See more »


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| (1955) | (re-release) (1978)

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Black and White | Color (bright red postage stamp at the end)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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