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Mr. Hulot's Holiday (1953)

Mr. Hulot’s Holiday belongs to a rare class of films. It’s one of those titles that evokes such a warm, vibrant mood that there’s something intangibly magical imbued into its runtime. It’s a film about a holiday that shares the relaxed, idyllic pace with the audience without ever feeling droll or overstimulating. Even moments when the film seems like it should be distressing, there’s too much warmth imbued in the film to feel anxiety or stress. Each moment where the film should lul into boredom, is brought back from the brink by an interesting gag. Continue reading Mr. Hulot's Holiday (1953)

Jour de Fete (1949)

Writer/director/performer Jacques Tati began feature filmmaking without his beloved and iconic Monsieur Hulot. While Jour de Fete lacks one of the primary features of most of Tati’s films, it still sets up many of the ideas, themes and techniques that Tati would develop and mature over his film career. While still not fully formed, Jour de Fete will be instantly familiar to anyone who has seen Tati’s later films. Continue reading Jour de Fete (1949)

Bastards (2013)

I don’t want to write about this movie. It’s an overwhelming and bleak movie, the kind of film that is drowned in how awful and hopeless the world is that I find its depictions of evil, pain and suffering gaudy and grotesque. There is certainly something to be said for tragedy, but tragedies tell stories of flawed heroes that spurn on their own destruction. In Bastards, people’s are simply doomed. There’s no hope, no mercy, no glimpse of life or light. Continue reading Bastards (2013)

My Night at Maud's (1969)

Jean-Louis (Jean-Louse Trintignant) is a man whose religious and personal beliefs fail to align with his actions. As I often find myself in the same predicament, I’ve come to call myself in these moments a functioning hypocrite. Everyone around Jean-Louis is quick to see these contradictions as he finds himself over one weekend being uncustomary vulnerable. Continue reading My Night at Maud's (1969)