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 Claude Klotz. Cinematography by Jean-Marie Dreujou. Produced by Philippe Carcassonne. Music by Pascal Esteve. Production Design by Ivan Maussion. Costume Design by Annie Perier. Film Editing by Joelle Hache. National Board of Review Awards 2003. Phoenix Film Critics Awards 2003. Toronto International Film Festival 2002.
A gangster (Johnny Hallyday) meets a retired schoolteacher (Jean Rochefort) 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.