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Trafic was Jacques Tati's last outing as the bumbling, amiable Monsieur Hulot, one of cinema's most beloved comic personas, following his appearence in films such as Les Vacances de M. Hulot, Mon Oncle and Playtime. In Trafic, he accompanies his car firm's new vehicle-an absurd Hulot-esque camper van-to a motor show in Amsterdam. This prescient satire on a man's obsession with motorised transport mixes wonderful observational comedy with laugh-out-loud moments. Tati's typically subtle choreography of people and objects is a rewarding lesson in how to see the world anew.
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There is a story to keep up the interest, we want to know whether Hulot and his partners will every make it to the motor show, and the characters themselves evolve as a result of their journey. It's often funny but in that understated Tati way, nothing hits you in the face, you need to just relax into its gentle pace and watch for the jokes, which are often subtle. The restoration is very good with slightly muted colours in tune with the 1970s setting.
It takes a little while to adjust to the now decrepit filming techniques used in the making of ‘Trafic’, but once in tune, it proves to be an unforgettable and unparalleled cinema experience. In tone, it is like a silent movie with sound, a trait that Tati harnesses by lightly speeding up action, and in content, a Daliesque parable, as demonstrated by a nod to the ameliorating importance of public transport at the very end.
For my misfortune, this is the first film by Tati that I have seen so far, and it is definitely not going to be the last.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not his best film but it contains some gems such as the traffic accident and the van innovations. Falls apart towards the end.Published 3 months ago by Pdon
A charming film with some genuinely funny 'laugh out loud' bits in it. There is also an amazing multi-car accident that (for its time) is brilliantly staged.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer