I’ve always loved Tati based on mostly Playtime, but had never seen his first two films somehow. This was a treat, much more natural and human than the later films. The best sequence was towards the middle with the postman trying to get home drunk. The film got so quiet during this part and really hit me in the gut for some reason.
French Revolution filtered through 40’s genre film making, especially film noir. I’ve never seen anything else like this and for that reason alone it was very enjoyable. Made me think of Winstanley, even though they are really not much alike. I guess there just aren’t many historical films that break from the heavy and overbearing traditional way of dealing with it. This was refreshing, if a bit rough at spots. It felt strangely visceral for this period of film making.