[[caption-width-right:175:Jacques Tati as Mr. Hulot]]

''Mr. Hulot's Holiday'' (or ''Les Vacances de M. Hulot'') is a 1953 French comedy film written by, directed by, and starring Creator/JacquesTati. It's largely a light-hearted physical comedy that pokes fun at the way people act while on holiday at a seaside hotel, with various character types and minimal dialogue.

The film is notable for the first appearance of Tati's trademark character, Monsieur Hulot, who went on to appear in three subsequent films. Hulot was a sympathetic everyman, a kind gentleman, but slightly shy, naive and bumbling, who tended to accidentally and unknowingly create chaos around himself. Along with being very tall and thin, he frequently had a recognizable hat, pipe, raincoat and umbrella, and walked with a strange gait. He was one of the major inspirations behind ''Series/MrBean'' and ''WesternAnimation/TheIllusionist''.

!!This film provides examples of:

* AccidentalAthlete: Hulot manages to beat everyone at tennis by copying the odd swinging motion of the salesperson who sold him his racket. This results in several bruised egos.
* AccidentalPervert: The businessman gets mistaken for being a Peeping Tom while he's bending over to take a photograph.
* TheAllegedCar: Hulot's rickety and underpowered car is an excellent example, with its explosive engine noises, parts falling off, ineffectual horn, strange seat adjustments, and constantly needing to be cranked, pushed or towed in order to start.
* AngryGuardDog: Dogs chase Hulot off someone's property. Taking shelter in a small, dark shed, he lights a match... [[MatchlightDangerRevelation only to discover he's surrounded by fireworks]].
* BlitheSpirit: Although Hulot doesn't break most of the characters out from their stuffy personal attitudes, he manages to make friends with the more relaxed and carefree ones.
* TheCaptain: Parodied. The colonel stays in military mode during his holiday, from the way he walks, to constantly talking about his campaigns, to how he runs the group picnic.
* CoincidentalAccidentalDisguise: Hulot gets mistaken for a [[ThreateningShark shark]] by terrified bathers while trying to free himself from a collapsed folding kayak.
* DressesTheSame: Two women accidentally wear the same outfit for the picnic and immediately return to their rooms to change.
* EatingTheEyeCandy: Two young guys repeatedly try to ogle the blonde. Another guy on the beach becomes DistractedByTheSexy, much to his wife's irritation.
* FantasticFireworks: Hulot inadvertently sets off an entire shedful trying to light his pipe.
* {{Fartillery}}: A tire's innertube ends up covered with wet leaves, gets mistaken for a wreath, and is hung next to a funeral procession. It gradually and noisily loses its air, to the embarrassment of someone standing nearby.
* FootprintsOfMuck: A muddy trail of footprints is left by Hulot while he avoids the hotel staff.
* FrenchJerk: Many of the characters in this film, mainly because they want to conduct their holiday in a specific way and aren't willing to loosen up. In fact, one of the few people who are actively chatty and outgoing towards Mr. Hulot is the lone British tourist - a complete inversion of BritishStuffiness.
* FriendlyTickleTorture: At the funeral, the feather on an old woman's hat accidentally tickles several people.
* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold: One of the major secondary characters in the film is a young blonde woman on holiday, who is kinder and more sympathetic than most of the other tourists.
* HenpeckedHusband: Downplayed. The wife of an elderly couple seems to be constantly leading her husband around on strolls, but when she keeps handing him seashells, he has no problem immediately throwing them back into the water. In the end it appears to be a good marriage, only he's incredibly soft-spoken.
* ItsACostumePartyISwear: The hotel actually has a costume party, but the guests are too stuffy to participate and dress up, except for Hulot, a young lady, and a boy.
* TheJinx: One of Mr. Hulot's main characteristics in this film. He's not generally aware that he's the origin of it.
* LimitedWardrobe: Mr. Hulot's hat, pipe, and raincoat (not always worn), accentuated by his odd body language.
* LoudOfWar: A record player gets turned on several times, playing a wild, up-tempo jazz tune extremely loudly, disturbing the other hotel patrons who are trying to have a quiet evening. In each instance, the music gets [[LettingTheAirOutOfTheBand turned off abruptly]].
* MatchlightDangerRevelation: Hulot strikes a match inside a shed which turns out to be filled with fireworks.
* MoodyMount: The horses not only get upset by the sight of Hulot's spurs, one of them starts to hunt him down.
* NiceGuy: Monsieur Hulot is well-meaning and good-natured person. He kind soul and gentle nature makes him such an innocent and lovable character.
* ThePhilosopher: One of the tourists appears to be a young Marxist intellectual who bores everyone by launching into long, one-sided discussions, when he's not reading books or newspapers.
* PuppyDogEyes: The young female hiker who gets Hulot to carry her enormous pack for her.
* TheQuietOne: Mr. Hulot doesn't talk much, and when he does, it's often not audible nor especially important.
* RandomEventsPlot: This, and most of the other films by Jacques Tati.
* RecurringRiff: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2N8zGSb5-jw One piece of music]] gets used repeatedly throughout the film.
* RunningGag: Many, including Hulot's car, a large unattended glob of taffy, and the mannerisms of the various characters. On several nights, Hulot makes so much noise returning late to the hotel, everyone wakes up and turns on their lights. Except one night when he tries to go to bed early, but the chaos he's created downstairs prevents him from sleeping.
* ServiceSectorStereotypes: The hotel staff are all mildly surly.
* SignatureSoundEffect: The peculiar sound of the door to the hotel's dining room.
* SilenceIsGolden: There is very little dialogue throughout the film, and even if you don't understand French, the situations and body language are pretty clear.
* SolarPoweredMagnifyingGlass: A kid on the beach uses a magnifying glass on the stomach of someone taking a nap.
* SplashOfColor: The film ends with a shot of the now-deserted beach, over which is superimposed a graphic of a bright red postmarked stamp.
* TaxidermyTerror: One of Hulot's boot spurs accidentally gets caught on a fox rug. It follows him as he walks around the room, until he notices and briefly panics.
* TheUnintelligible: The loudspeaker at the train station.
* {{Workaholic}}: Although the businessman is trying to have a quiet vacation with his family, he always responds immediately when he gets a business-related phone call. Arguably MarriedToTheJob.