Reviews of Les Vacances de Monsieur Hulot (1953) and related work

Les Vacances de Monsieur Hulot (1953Moving picture, 83 minutes)

fiction moving picture

Mon Oncle (1958Moving picture, 117 minutes)

Not exactly subtle.

References here: The Illusionist (2010).

fiction moving picture sequel

The Illusionist (2010Moving picture, 80 minutes)

Seen in 2017.

Mon Oncle (1958) is directly quoted, but the character written by, modelled after and named after Jacques Tati (who was born Tatischeff) is not Hulot. As with The Triplets of Belleville (2003), the backgrounds, animation and detail work are excellent and the story is poor. Alice goes from gullible ingenue to trendy materialist without developing any greater depth or personality. Her love story appears to hinge pathetically on her altered appearance. The simultaneous economic failure of all the talented traditional performers, including a literal sad clown, is an enactment of stereotypes about French art film, and as such it falls flat.

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