Sunday School: Family Style


Directed by Jacques Tati

France, 1958, 1h 57min, DCP, In French with English Subtitles

Sunday School  Family Style

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Jaques Tati directs and stars as Monsieur Hulot in his first color feature. The film centers on Hulot’s quest to connect with his sister’s family, the Arpels and his nephew in particular. The Arpels are a modern family set on dragging Hulot into their stark, modern existence but he is much more comfortable in his old, crumbling neighborhood with familiar vendors and packs of dogs wandering around upturning trash bins in the cobbled streets. Tati uses Hulot’s slapstick to show how consumerism and technology actually make day-to-day life more complicated despite promising otherwise. The dialogue in the film is not important (most of it is unintelligibly spoken) which along with all the sight gags makes this an ideal comedy for children of all ages. The film won the Oscar for Best Foreign Film in 1958.

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