End of the Tour
Director: James Ponsoldt Run Time: 115 min. Format: DCP Rating: R
Release Year: 2015
Starring: Anna Chlumsky, Jason Segel, Jesse Eisenberg
A magazine reporter recounts his travels and conversations with author David Foster Wallace during a promotional book tour.
THE END OF THE TOUR tells the story of the five-day interview between Rolling Stone reporter (and novelist) David Lipsky (Jesse Eisenberg) and acclaimed novelist David Foster Wallace (Jason Segel), which took place right after the 1996 publication of Wallace’s groundbreaking epic novel, Infinite Jest. As the days go on, a tenuous yet intense relationship seems to develop between journalist and subject. The two men bob and weave around each other, sharing laughs and also possibly revealing hidden frailties – but it’s never clear how truthful they are being with each other. Ironically, the interview was never published, and five days of audio tapes were packed away in Lipsky’s closet.