A compendium film of four hilarious yet fraught episodes. It continues the fragmentation and experimentation of Yoyo, starring Etaix and his stock company but as different characters in each part. Stress, frustration, fatigue, and disaster dominate the stories, but they are so short and so funny that no overall feeling of oppression is passed to the viewer. Of course, comedy nearly always comes from pain, but rarely does it mine such a consistent seam of dissatisfaction and malaise.
The French comic filmmaker Pierre Etaix, backsliding after his sustained narrative Yoyo (1965), dishes up a series of unconnected vignettes; they barely cohere, but taken individually they offer a wealth of wonderful sight gags.