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687 Ratings

On Tour


Directed by Mathieu Amalric
France, 2010
Drama, Comedy


With a gaggle of beautiful American strippers, Joachim, a veteran impressario attempts to make his comeback touring a variety show round France. But on tour, Joachim has to keep his wits if he wants to be paid, keep his estranged wife happy, and keep a handle on the uncontrollable girls.

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On Tour Directed by Mathieu Amalric
Most of Amalric’s work is hard to find in the US. What’s kept On Tour, for which he picked up best director at Cannes, away from these shores is one of the greatest soundtracks of the modern era… Amalric’s Francophone 8½ homage gives every ounce of compositional pleasure and honest emotion to its vision of a unified artistic tomorrow. The boozy, depressive journey is the destination and it’s a rare one, not to be missed.
October 28, 2015
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The picture is bawdy and salacious in places, as you’d expect. But what gets you in the end, thanks to Amalric’s silky-oily performance and surefooted direction, is its wistful tenderness.
October 27, 2015
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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 personas, Amalric’s film also functions as a reminder of the festival’s interest in works that venture behind the curtains of spectacle.
May 13, 2011
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