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Trafic (Traffic)1972

Trafic (Traffic) (1972)



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This comedy is one of the few films by French comedian/filmmaker Jacques Tati (1908-82), born Jacques Tatischeff. His small output is attributed to his perfectionism. Tati wrote, directed, and acted in the films he made. Among his notable films are Jour de Fete, and Mon Oncle. Although his nearly silent films were made long after Buster Keaton's hallmark silent films, his work is often compared to Keaton's. The story concerns Tati's efforts to deliver a gadget-filled prototype car to an auto show in Amsterdam. Along the way, he and his compatriots run into every type of traffic obstacle imaginable. One highlight is a segment comparing cars' windshield wipers with their owners, to devastating effect. This film was released again in 1972 in the American market with 11 minutes cut from it.

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Jacques Tati
as Monsieur Hulot
Marcel Fravel
as Truck Driver
Honoré Bostel
as Le Directeur
Tony Knappers
as Dutch Garage Proprietor
Tony Kneppers
as Le garagiste
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Critic Reviews for Trafic (Traffic)

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (5)

Tati is that rare film-maker who remains triumphantly himself, unimpressed by current trends and moods.

June 8, 2020 | Full Review… the breezy vapor that amounts to the movie's plot, it's not the destination that counts, but the leisurely, amiably aimless travel you take getting there.

February 2, 2009 | Full Review…
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A masterpiece in its own right -- not only for the sharp picture of the frenetic and gimmick-crazy civilization that worships cars, but also for many remarkable formal qualities.

November 14, 2007 | Full Review…

Like Godard, Tati is also remarkably appreciative of the odd beauty that can be revealed in the shapes, patterns and colors created by the technology of planned obsolescence.

November 14, 2007 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

Everyone is incapable of dealing with the modern world, but Mr. Hulot is even worse off than the rest of us.

November 14, 2007 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

It is a time for one of thee best relaxations in life, helpless laughter.

June 1, 2020 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Trafic (Traffic)


The unique style of Jacques Tati's humor requires some adjustment. His jokes are almost all sight gags, and they often occur in corners of the screen where they're easily missed. Not only do his movies welcome repeat viewings, but they practically demand them. Tati has better films, but "Trafic" is certainly worthwhile. The story is more linear than his usual plotless, environment-based comedy -- his alter ego Mr. Hulot, a glamorous publicist (Maria Kimberly), her shaggy lapdog and another colleague or two are caravanning from Paris to Amsterdam for a car show. A truck carries their precious cargo: a small camper rigged with all sorts of delightful hidden conveniences (shower, barbecue, picnic table, bed, etc.) But multiple comic mishaps occur on the road and threaten to prevent the group from arriving in time. The first half-hour is a bit dull, but the action eventually picks up. The scene where the car's gadgets are revealed is the highlight, but other notable bits include a recurring joke about giveaway plaster busts, a prank to convince the publicist her dog is dead (it's funnier than it sounds) and a clever illusion where a baby's naked bottom is mistaken for a woman's cleavage.

Eric Broome
Eric Broome

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Jacques Tati last work's Trafic is great with very good direction and screenplay. Remarkable.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

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Seriously what's so great about this movie?

Arash Xak
Arash Xak

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