The film has a fabulous sound design: On the one hand the things - shoes, doors, furniture, buildings, electronic devices etc. - have "voices" (or sometimes also lacking them) to tell us stories about life, lostness and alienation in a hypermodern urban environment. On the other hand Tati confronts us with scenes behind windows of which we only see the actions while the sounds and the real narrative remain hidden.
this was amazing to watch...there was so much going on at once i feel like im going to have to watch it again just to see the little things going on in the background...i wish there would have been more of hulot in this film but one can only wish.
So far this is the only movie I have seen where the apparent (and only) traces of a story lie behind the scenery, but the latter is so gigantic that baffles, amazes and becomes the commanding presence in the movie from the very first shot. No matter how good the Blu-ray looks, this masterpiece should be seen in a theater or at least a similar big screen.
I liked Jacques Tati's first two Hulot movies, but didn't love them. I appreciate them more realizing he was working toward this. The laughs are subtle, but it’s the audacity of how they’re worked in that sets this film apart. A strange film in the best sense of the word, its style and architecture are so intricate that words don't describe. It must be seen.