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PLAYTIME

Directed by Jacques Tati
France, Italy, 1967
Comedy

Synopsis

Clumsy Monsieur Hulot finds himself perplexed by the complexity of a gadget-filled Paris. He attempts to meet with a business contact but soon becomes lost. His roundabout journey parallels that of American tourist Barbara, and as they weave through the urban environment, they intermittently meet.

Synopsis

Clumsy Monsieur Hulot finds himself perplexed by the complexity of a gadget-filled Paris. He attempts to meet with a business contact but soon becomes lost. His roundabout journey parallels that of American tourist Barbara, and as they weave through the urban environment, they intermittently meet.

Our take

With its majestic set (called Tativille!) and its meticulous work on the acoustics of modern life, Jacques Tati’s Playtime is a masterpiece of slapstick, but also an astute criticism of consumer society and the asepticism of urban landscapes in the era of globalization.