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.