Will always be my favorite of his. I saw it first in my late teens and it expanded what movies could be for me.
Perhaps because of the inclusion of the young boy, the stakes seem slightly higher here than in other Tati films and the typical longing/nostalgia veers into very real sadness. This poor boy is stuck with insane parents, parents who don’t really seem to care as much about him as they do themselves, and the one person who does care is shipped off.
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.