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.
The Master of Comedy Gets Caught in a Jam!
Did You Know?
A wide shot shows the empty exhibition hall which seems to be subdivided into lots by thin wire on poles. While only the poles are visible from the distance, some men have to climb over the wire as they cross the scene. But if you look closely at their foot movements, obviously there is no wire as otherwise they would repeatedly get stuck and stumble. See more
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
Referenced in Traffic Jam
Thème La Route
Written and Performed by Charles Dumont See more