I have always enjoyed Jacques Tati’s movies. As an architect you always recommend or someone suggests you to watch “Playtime” as the most architectural movie ever. Of course “Mon Oncle” also makes fun of diverse situations of modernity. So I feel we have a special connection with his work and critical comedy. Tati was an admirer of silent film. Therefore, his references, comedic timing and his use of very little dialogue to communicate with the audience come in part from that source and the fact that he is completely brilliant!
“Trafic” was the last film of M. Hulot with his typical outfit. In this particular story he is employed as an auto company’s director of design, and accompanies his new vehicle (a camper tricked out with absurd gadgetry) to an auto show in Amsterdam. Naturally, the road is paved with modern-age mishaps. This late-career delight is a masterful demonstration of the comic genius’s expert timing and sidesplitting visual gags, and a bemused last look at technology. The movie runs almost as a silent film with great situations some of them universal and still contemporary and others intrinsically French that is hard to catch the drift.
As usual it is released by the Criterion collection watch it and check the supplements as well with great interviews with Tati and the cast.