I gotta admit it--I'm not particularly a Jacques Tati fan. Although many consider his films exceptional, I just never felt that excited by them. However, in this film he does not play the more familiar Mr. Hulot character, and as such has a little more dialog and his humor is a little more briskly paced (as much of it is done on bicycle).
This is certainly not a bad film and I liked it more than the Hulot films. In fact, I laughed a few times when I watched it. It's just that I felt it was a very slight film--not especially remarkable but fun to watch. I'm sure than in 6 months or so, I will have forgotten most of it.
Jour de Fête
Jour de Fête
Once a year the fair comes for one day to the little town 'Sainte-Severe-sur-Indre.' All inhabitants are scoffing at François, the postman, what he seems not to recognize. The rising of the flagstaff under his direction nearly leads into a catastrophe - but everybody tells him how important his work is. Sneering up François continues in the evening of the festive day. Made drunk, some 'friends' persuade him to watch a short-movie in a tent. This film is a stunt-show, covered as 'The modern delivery-techniques of the US-post. François takes it serious, not recognizing being teased. Next day, after getting sober in a goods wagon, he reorganizes his own delivery-methods. He has not the equipment, as his ideals in the short-movie have, but using only his bicycle, he makes good, funny progresses. —Christian Wenger
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January 04, 2022 at 03:15 AM