Official competition off to sassy start with Mathieu Amalric's 'On Tour'
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Opening the official competition was "Tournée" (On Tour) by French filmmaker and actor Mathieu Amalric - a burlesque, fleshy and boozy offering. Here are a few reasons why the France24.com team likes it. And watch Amalric's interview (video).
, special correspondent in Cannes
The official Cannes competition opened on a note of mischief on Thursday with Mathieu Amalric's "Tournée" (On Tour) or the 'French burlesque movie', as it has been dubbed by English-speaking journalists at the festival. Though this is Amalric's first time at the official competition as director, the actor is so well regarded for his wild-eyed intensity and offbeat humour that expectations for the film were high. Indeed, by any reasonable standard, Tournée qualifies as a strong start for this year's line-up.
Amalric the filmmaker:
Mange ta soupe - Eat your soup (1997), Le Stade de Wimbledon - Wimbledon Stadium (2001) and La Chose publique - Public Affairs (2003, selected for the Directors' Fortnight in Cannes).
Amalric the actor:
Comment je me suis disputé...(ma vie sexuelle) - My Sex Life...or How I Got Into an Argument (director Arnaud Desplechin, 1997)
Rois et Reine - Kings and Queens (Best actor Cesar, director Arnaud Desplechin, 2005)
Le Scaphandre et le Papillon - The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (Best actor Cesar, director Julian Schnabel, 2008)
Quantum of Solace (director Marc Forster, 2008)
Telling the story of a washed-up French producer (played by Amalric himself) on tour in France with a troupe of American burlesque dancers, this witty, affectionate film starts out as a bawdy backstage chronicle and ends up posing some intriguing questions about art, freedom, and family. Though Amalric's character is the central figure, he shines the spotlight most brightly on the ladies. All are real American burlesque performers with names like Kitten on the Keys and Dirty Martini, and they turn out to be a cinematic goldmine: fleshy, boozy, and brimming with sass and soul.
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