Sally Potter on Monsieur Hulot's Holiday

In this madcap comedy – set against a stunning French backdrop – Jacques Tati gives a stellar performance as his alter ego, Monsieur Hulot. Plagued by misfortune at every turn, and frequently finding himself in the midst of a whirlwind of disaster (often of his own making), the awkward Monsieur Hulot is a joy to behold for anyone with a penchant for the archetypal disaster comedy. As part of our ongoing monthly members strand, Screen Epiphanies, the film is introduced by acclaimed director Sally Potter. In an enlightening opening speech offering an enthusiastic analysis of the feature, Potter discusses how Tati's skill and ingenuity inspired her to commit herself to filmmaking. Sally Potter has a blog and messageboard at


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