First Glance: “The Man in the Hat”

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There is a simple yet infectious charm all throughout the trailer for the upcoming road trip dramedy “The Man in the Hat”. The film opened last fall in the UK and marks the directorial debut for British composer Stephen Warbeck. It’s finally making its way to the States and there’s so much to love about the smile-inducing new trailer – good music, the gorgeous French countryside, the always dependable Ciarán Hinds. I’m in.

We don’t get a lot of information about the story other than a man (played by Hinds) quickly packing up a suitcase, grabbing a photo of an unnamed woman, and puttering off in his 70s-ish Fiat 500. What follows are clips of beautiful scenery, several encounters with a variety of interesting locals, and a mysterious woman who keeps popping up wherever he goes. There’s no dialogue, just Hinds seeing things with a wide-eyed sense of wonder. And I can’t shake the wonderful Jacques Tati/Monsieur Hulot vibe.

“The Man in the Hat” releases May 14th in select theaters and on VOD. Check out the trailer below and let me know if you’ll be seeing it or taking a pass.

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