On Tour (Tournée) (2010)
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A wily entrepreneur takes a new style of burlesque to the old world in this comic road movie from director Mathieu Amalric. Joachim (director Amalric) left his home, his family and his career in Paris to go to the United States and pursue new opportunities. Several years later, he comes back on a mission -- Joachim has become a devotee of "New Burlesque," in which dancers combine the glamour and style of classic era exotic performers with a new and transgressive approach. Joachim has assembled a troupe of New Burlesque performers and brought them to Europe, certain there's a large and enthusiastic audience waiting for them in France. However, France isn't quite as certain, and Joachim has a hard time finding venues for his performers, while his show-biz contacts from his days as a television producer are quite wary of his latest scheme. Joachim also learns that his former girlfriend (Florence Ben Sadoun) isn't especially happy to see him, and he ends up taking their two sons with him as he criss-crosses the secondary markets of France with his dancers. Tournée (aka On Tour) was an official selection at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival. … More
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Critic Reviews for On Tour (Tournée)
[Amalric gives] us the flavor of life on tour - the sudden connections and unexpected intimacies that occur when very different people are thrown together.
There's a strong sense of the tour as work - bland hotels, travel co-ordination, Muzak - as well as the situation's propensity to let cooped-up emotions, from anger to lust, marinate.
On Tour offers a series of passing pleasures but fails to cohere into a meaningful whole.
A likably rambling survey of ephemeral community, a portrait of the artist as washed-up family man and pimp, and a quasi-documentary about brassy stage persona.
Amalric se estabelece cada vez mais como um dos nomes mais importantes do cinema francês - e Turnê é apenas a coroação de uma trajetória merecedora de infinitos aplausos.
It's a distinctly glamour-free film, and all the better for it, with Amalric mixing lively performance scenes with the drab off-stage realities to reinforce how tough it is to make a living on the fringes of the entertainment world.
The routines of the American dancers - all real performers - provide most of the highlights.
Amalric doesn't tease out emotional ties between the narrative threads, which scuppers the faux-redemptive finale and results in a film of merely incidental pleasures.
It's a hugely energetic and appealing film, with a saucy wit and melancholy caught on the fly.
If On Tour is finally too transient, too light on luggage, to be fully successful, it has a keen sense of the France we rarely get to see on screen: a limbo-land of trading estates, petrol stations and chain hotels.
Amalric won the best director prize at Cannes with this movie. He certainly demonstrates he's equally adept in front and behind the camera...
It is on stage that the troupe really shines ... giving a tantalising hint at what the film could have been had Amalric proved himself as good a filmmaker as he is an actor.
When the film is not too grim to be funny, it is too funny to be grim.
Amalric's second stab at feature direction marks him out as a talent to watch.
Audience Reviews for On Tour (Tournée)
Amalric proves he is not only a great actor but also an extremely talented director, displaying a lot of confidence and maturity with this greatly involving film that doesn't need any effort to make us empathize with its characters and want to know more about them.More
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