The closing film for the 2011 Milwaukee Film Fest was "On Tour" directed and starring Matieu Amalric (who you may remember from the 2nd part of MFF2010 selection "Mesrine"). Amalric is a French manager of an American burlesque group headed across France. The film has real life burlesque stars like Kitten on the Keys, Dirty Martini, Julie Atlas Muz, Evie Lovelle, and Roky Roulette. Starting out, the film seems to be a backstage drama but as it progresses it becomes much more. The manager, Joachim, reconnects with family who he has wronged and left behind. He tries to mend relationships while trying to book a gig for the girls in Paris. A multi-layered comedy-drama from Amalric that will have you smiling as you are leaving the theatre.
Not only is "On Tour" a bright surprise but it's a look inside modern day burlesque and it's a world that many don't get a chance to peek inside. Burlesque is all about the tease and this film teases the viewer with just enough about the craft to make things interesting. Besides Joachim's personal journey, the film is about the girl's relationships with each other as well as the outside world. The girls are all personalities and characters that the entire ensemble is a delight to watch. Amalric co-wrote the script Phillipe Del Foco and Marcelo Novais Teles. The script is on target and always keeps the viewer guessing what will happen next. We get wrapped up in the characters and hope that Joachim does set things right with the family and friends he wronged and left behind. We also hope that the girls get to perform in Paris and if they don't get to perform there we hope that they get to see it. The film is a charmer and a fun journey. There is a sense of joy to the film and it is infectuous, it's hard not to leave the theatre with a big grin on your face.
Bottom Line: Milwaukee Film Fest 2011 may be history but it leaves with it a series of films that people should seek out. "On Tour" is an example of a winning and pleasing film that film fans should try and seek out.
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