All is calm in this little village in the center of France until the fairground entertainers arrive with their trailers. François, the local postman, discovers a film about the American postal service. Encouraged by the whole village, he sets out to deliver the mail “American Style.”
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Can one give 5 stars, two times? Saw this on public TV, VHS, DVD and on 35 mm film print. Amazing in every format. Damn: I heart you Tati. Been a favorite of mine for more than a decade. (Obrigado Avô Mário.)
Tati's featue debut was a sublime expansion of his earlier short School For Postmen. When the fair arrives in a sleepy French town, amongst the usual attractions is a tent showing a film about the US postal service which is observed by Tati's bumbling postman. After much teasing by locals he is inspired to improve the town's own postal service. I found the film to be thoroughly beguiling, inventive and very funny....
This is a movie miraculously made so as to inspire a feeling of calm and happiness. I feel I see so many movies filmed with gritty violence and heavy themes, and it’s incredibly refreshing to see something with no serious conflict, emotional dilemma, or heavy thematic arch’s. It’s just a nice thing to watch and relax and feel some nostalgia with. Also pretty clever and funny with its visual humor.
Charming, picturesque tale of determination, patriotic zeal as he resiliently and hilariously strives for ultimate human efficiency in a world of increasingly machinated productiveness. Tati at his hapless and humane best, in my opinion his most enjoyable film.