Jaques Tati´s second feature film introduced his iconic alter ego Monsieur Hulot, a character in the tradition of silent comedy icons like Chaplin´s Tramp. Like Tati´s first movie “Jour de Fete”, “Monsieur Hulot´s Holiday” has a very loose narrative and ultimately, not much is happening. Still, it has a lot of charm, the mood clearly being more important than the barely existing plot.
Tati proves to be a great observer of human behavior and his satire on the eccentricities of the French bourgeoisie is clever and funny. The film features not much dialogue but a creative use of sound for comedic effect. Other highlights include the many long takes, meticulously choreographed visual gags, idyllic setting, calm and peaceful atmosphere, and, of course, the dorky and loveable protagonist and the several quirky characters he meets.
All in all, “Monsieur Hulot´s Holiday” is a pleasant and amusing hangout film, though nothing really memorable is happening.