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3.9
1,448 Ratings

Trafic

Directed by Jacques Tati
France, 1971
Comedy

Synopsis

Monsieur Hulot takes to Paris’ highways and byways in Trafic, his final outing. Employed as a design director at an auto company, he accompanies his new product (a “camping car” outfitted with absurd gadgetry) to an auto show in Amsterdam. Naturally, the road is paved with modern-age mishaps.

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Trafic Directed by Jacques Tati

Awards & Festivals

National Board of Review

1973 | Winner: Top Foreign Films

BAFTA Awards

1972 | Nominee: Anthony Asquith Award for Film Music

Viennale

2004

Traffic, though more conventional as a narrative than Playtime, has considerable virtues… Though the ostensible subject is once again technology and its failures, the film really deals with synchronicity and asynchronicity: Pumping a tire on the side of the road, Hulot bends his body with each stroke so that his butt regularly juts into traffic, and gaps between cars materialize exactly as needed.
February 11, 2010
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Trafic doesn’t seem to suffer from pandering or artistic compromise; its meticulously framed images are stuffed with the recognizably choreographed chaos, entropic mayhem and long-lens potshots at humanity fumbling with mechanization that are its ringmaster’s signature. If Playtime’s enormous scope was visionary, here Tati’s tone is that of a bemused, unshakably certain philosopher.
July 14, 2008
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Trafic is generally held to be one of Tati’s minor films, and he himself saw it as a step back after the accomplished vision of Playtime. It’s certainly true that Trafic is not consistently funny, its humor drawn out or diffuse to the point of near abstraction. Its real comedy lies less in jokes than in the accumulation of polyphony and simultaneous incident, and in the offhand touches that serve as punctuation.
July 14, 2008
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