*puts on the soundtrack before starts writing* This movie fills up with joy every corner of my body and my soul. It brought the kid of out me, it made me re-experience my childhood, it made my smile and laugh, and when it was over I found myself jumping and dancing around from my room to my living room. In my eyes this is a MASTERPIECE by Tati, directing and acting, but doing a phenomenal job in both areas.
The delicious conflict between French traditionalism (charcuterie shops and a rural folksiness) and French modernity (pretensions of 50s Art Deco bourgeois society). Aesthetic decisions rival Chaplin and Keaton for intricacy in its slapstick, yet the mundane inconsequential realism of the narrative arc is a potent counterpoint to the engineered narratives of Hollywood and linear, arch plot, mainstream cinema.