Jour de Fete

U, 86min

Wednesday 31st July 2019

 

Doors open 7.10pm for a 7.30pm start

Friends Meeting House. Queens Road, Clarendon Park, Leicester

Entry:  £5.00, Concessions £4.00

Pay on the door

Synopsis: Jour de fête ("The Big Day") is a 1949 French comedy film starring Jacques Tati in his feature film directional debut as an inept and easily distracted mailman in a backward French village. Shot largely in and around Sainte-Sévère-sur-Indre, where Tati had lived during the Occupation, most of the actors were unknown and villagers served as extras.

In the small French town, the local postman, scatterbrained and bumbling François (Jacques Tati), spends his working hours casually delivering the mail, while being the subject of the townsfolk's teasing. When a traveling carnival arrives in town, a drunken François is goaded into watching a film depicting the efficiency of the U.S. Postal Service. Inspired by the footage, the hapless François sets out on his bicycle to become just like the mail carriers in the United States.

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