The Man On The Train (2002)

PATRICE LECONTE

Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB

Original title:  L’Homme Du Train

France/Germany/United Kingdom/Switzerland, 2002.  Ciné B, Zoulou Films, Rhône-Alpes Cinéma, FCC, Tubedale Films, Pandora Filmproduktion, Cinema Parisien, Media Suits, Film Council, Centre National de la Cinématographie, Canal+, Eurimages, Sofica Sofinergie 5, Natexis Banques Populaires Images 2.  Screenplay by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  National Board of Review Awards 2003Phoenix Film Critics Awards 2003.    Toronto International Film Festival 2002.  

A gangster () meets a retired schoolteacher () on a train and the two of them swap stories. When it turns out that they each envy the other’s life, Hallyday accepts Rochefort’s offer to let him hole up at his place for a while. Rochefort soon discovers that his guest’s plan is to knock off a local bank, and rather than be appalled, he sees it as the opportunity to do something exciting with his life. This elegant, deeply enjoyable film by Patrice Leconte is shot, directed and performed with class and precision, wholly engrossing throughout and satisfying in its conclusion.

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