The Girl On The Train (2009)

ANDRE TECHINE

Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.

Original Title: La fille du RER

, 2009, , , , , , , Screenplay by André Téchiné, , , based on the play by Jean-Marie Besset.  Cinematography by Produced by Music by Production Design by Costume Design by Film Editing by .

plays a young woman whose dim career prospects are worrying her mother (Catherine Deneuve), and things don’t improve when she begins dating a tough guy () who picks her up on the street.  Dequenne and her new beau get jobs together, hired to guard a closed commercial property that eventually sees Duvauchelle get stabbed and go to prison when it turns out that he was knowingly taking part in a drug front.  Dequenne responds by pretending that she was the latest victim in a series of anti-semitic attacks occuring on Paris transit, which then has Deneuve reach out to an old school friend who is now a human rights lawyer (), ostensibly to get his help but actually because she immediately suspects that her daughter is lying.  There’s a side plot with Blanc’s son () and his estranged relationship with his ex-wife () that is also part of the drama in Andre Techine’s adaptation of Jean-Marie Besset’s play La Fille du RER.  The acting is excellent and, as can be expected from the master filmmaker, there’s a fresh pace at which everything moves, the surprises in the plot all unfold in the exact rhythm that they need to, but there’s also a sense that the play dealt more seriously with a lot of the issues that feel only lightly touched upon here.