The Man in the Hat (2020) - Rotten Tomatoes

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The Man in the Hat (2020)




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The Man In The Hat sets off from Marseilles in a small Fiat 500. On the seat beside him is a framed photograph of an unknown woman. Behind him is a 2CV into which is squeezed Five Bald Men. Why are they chasing him? And how can he shake them off? As he travels North through France, he encounters razeteurs, women with stories to tell, bullfights, plenty of delicious food, a damp man, mechanics, nuns, a convention of Chrystallographers and much more. And always, on his tail, the Five Bald Men. Though largely silent, the film is interrupted by regular bursts of music, with new songs from Stephen Warbeck, Schubert Lieder sung by the incomparable Mark Padmore, Canteloube aria from the Cevennes, and Try a Lttle Tenderness, amongst others. As the Fiat 500 wends its way across the mountains, gorges and bridges of France, the 2CV hard behind him, the Thin Man (Ciaran Hinds) comes face to face with the vivid eccentricities of an old country on an old continent.

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Ciarán Hinds
as The Man in the Hat
Stephen Dillane
as The Damp Man
as Chloe
Amit Shah
as Man Measurer
Brigitte Roüan
as Hotel Manager
Mark Padmore
as Singing Man
Claire Tran
as Francois
Sheila Reid
as Old Woman
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Critic Reviews for The Man in the Hat

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (2)

The Man in the Hat sustains a whimsical tone beautifully throughout its brief running time, perhaps because co-writers/directors John-Paul Davidson and Stephen Warbeck add a touch of melancholy to keep it from becoming too cloying or cutesy.

May 14, 2021 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

It's a Francophile fantasy that may be too twee for some, but the French tourist board will surely be satisfied.

September 17, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Northern Irish actor Ciaran Hinds is an expressive delight as the eponymous l'homme au chapeau.

August 30, 2021 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

A gentle picaresque adventure through rural France with a mute travel companion, it has impeccable comedic timing and a musical score that more than makes up for the silence

August 20, 2021 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Surrendering to The Man in the Hat's charms - and appreciating its exacting staging and choreography - happens both quickly and easily.

May 30, 2021 | Full Review…

That we're always just short of understanding what's happening is one of the movie's delights rather than a frustration.

May 20, 2021 | Full Review…

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