This is one of those classic movies that I’ve often heard about, but had never gotten around to watching. It’s definitely a strange piece of moviemaking, feeling much more like an experimental film than something that got a mainstream release — there’s no proper narrative, it just follows scenes loosely connected by space, of various lengths, but that are mostly tied together by the presence of Jacques Tati. What really struck me though was the fantastic cinematography and art direction, which creates a carefully constructed world that is utopically monotone, yet interestingly lively (especially the restaurant scene). Well worth watching as an interesting piece of cinema, especially on a visual level.

Author: Jean Snow

Production Coordinator at Ubisoft Montréal. Before that, half a life spent in Tokyo.