Tour de France
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Challenging xenophobic notions of what it means to be French, Rachid Djaïdani’s film puts a divided nation on the road toward unity. All the more powerful in light of recent events, French Tour is the tonic we may all need right now.
Driven out of Paris by the threats of a rival rapper, Far’hook (the mono-monikered Sadek) is laying low with his manager’s father Serge (Gérard Depardieu), who hasn’t spoken to his son since the latter’s conversion to Islam. Serge needs a co-driver for his quest to literally follow in the footsteps of 18th-century painter Claude Joseph Vernet, and Far’hook is looking for a place to hide. So, despite generational, religious and racial differences, a mismatched union is formed as the old racist and the young rapper trek along the coast in a rusty lemon of a vehicle. French Tour makes heartfelt, comical and insightful stops along the way, but all roads lead to Marseille, where Far’hook has an important gig and Serge will have a decisive encounter with his son…
“Imagine a Gallic remake of Gran Torino with a paunchy Gérard Depardieu in the Clint Eastwood role, and you’ll be within spitting distance of Rachid Djaïdani’s Tour de France… [This is a] gentle nudge for France’s more conservative population to accept that the face of their nation is changing, and to appreciate how an old society can benefit from a new complexion.”—David Ehrlich, IndieWire