The film that brought Jacques Tati international acclaim also launched his on-screen alter ego: the courteous, well-meaning, eternally accident-prone Monsieur Hulot with whom Tati would from now on be inseparably associated. As with Jour de fete, Vacances is set in a sleepy French coastal resort which is seasonally disrupted by holidaymakers in energetic pursuit of fun. At the centre of the chaos is the eccentric Hulot, struggling at all times to maintain appearances, but somehow entirely divorced from his immediate surroundings. There is little plot in Tati's beautifully orchestrated 'ballet' of comic action: it's a series of incidents, a seamless succession of gently studies of human absurdity.
- Mr. Hulot's Holiday review by Eme
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Jacques Tati has a child-like innocence in his approach to film making. Although this film was made in 1953, it still retains its powerful charm. There is very little dialogue; instead the focus is on farcical situations as his holiday progresses.
The title theme music pulls the feel-good scenes together, and leaves you nostalgically longing for something you had never missed before then. His 'mon oncle' follow up is more polished, coming some 8 years later (and with more dialogue/in colour). This film will make you laugh.