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Man On Train
     

Man On Train

5.0 2
Director: Patrice Leconte, Jean Rochefort, Johnny Hallyday, Jean-François Stévenin

Cast: Patrice Leconte, Jean Rochefort, Johnny Hallyday, Jean-François Stévenin

 
Two men from two different walks of life develop an unexpected friendship in French director Patrice Leconte's 2002 comedy-drama The Man on the Train. Weary from his trip and in anticipation of the heist he's about to perform, Milan (French rock star Johnny Hallyday) steps off the train after arriving in the small town where he's to meet his co-conspirators and

Overview

Two men from two different walks of life develop an unexpected friendship in French director Patrice Leconte's 2002 comedy-drama The Man on the Train. Weary from his trip and in anticipation of the heist he's about to perform, Milan (French rock star Johnny Hallyday) steps off the train after arriving in the small town where he's to meet his co-conspirators and heads straight to the town pharmacy. After accidentally buying the wrong product, Milan makes the acquaintance of retired teacher Manesquier (Jean Rochefort), who offers to help the traveler and then promptly begins talking ad nauseum. Milan, after paying partial attention to the old man's ramblings, excuses himself to find accommodations -- only to run into Manesquier once more after learning that the hotel has closed for the night. As the two men talk, they develop a respect for one another, as well as a secret longing to live the type of lifestyle the other man lives based on the desire to escape their own. The Man on the Train gained positive notice after being selected for competition in the 2002 Venice Film Festival, as well as for the 2002 Toronto Film Festival.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Todd Kristel
This appealing film could be considered a conversational chamber piece that's based on the accumulation of small, revealing character moments. Not much happens in terms of plot or action, but there's little wasted time here; the filmmaking is remarkably efficient for a talky, low key movie. Director Patrice Leconte does manage to find time to slip some relatively unobtrusive humor into his movie, such as spoofing Once Upon a Time in the West at the beginning. But the movie's main appeal lies in the performances of the two leads. Jean Rochefort and Johnny Hallyday are both iconic figures in France, so seeing them together onscreen might not seem as significant to audiences outside their native country. Nonetheless, they have a great rapport, and Rochefort in particular is a delight to watch as he reveals the impish side to his character. The film is well crafted despite its (presumably deliberate) drab look emphasizing blues and grays. If you pay close attention, you may notice little details like how each of the two leads has his own musical theme and how characters occasionally appear abruptly in the frame instead of making a normal entrance (which happens just enough to give the movie a slightly surreal edge without being overdone). The story line may seem a bit slight, and it's open to debate whether there's real depth to the movie's role-reversal character study and whether the ending is a good fit for the rest of the film. But this is an engaging movie nonetheless.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/25/2003
UPC:
0097363423249
Original Release:
2002
Rating:
R
Source:
Paramount
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:30:00

Special Features

Widescreen version enhanced for 16:9 TVs; Dolby Digital: French 5.1 Surround, French Dolby Surround; English subtitles

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jean Rochefort Manesquier
Johnny Hallyday Milan
Jean-François Stévenin Luigi
Charlie Nelson Max
Pascal Parmentier Sadko
Isabelle Petit-Jacques Viviane
Edith Scob Manesquier's sister
Jean-Louis Vey Verlin
Sebastien Bonnet tough guy's friend
Armand Chagot gardener
Helene Chambon X-ray nurse
Maurice Chevit barber
Jean-Jacques Cornillon Bank Manager
Elsa Duclot waitress
Sophie Durand operating theatre nurse
Olivier Fauron schoolboy
Alain Guellaff surgeon
Veronique Kapoyan Actor
Michel Laforest chemist
Riton Liebman tough guy
Véronique Kapoian bakery salesgirl
Jean-Jacques Cormillon bank manager

Technical Credits
Patrice Leconte Director
Christophe Audeguis Executive Producer
Sandrine Boulet Camera Operator
Reinhard Brundig Co-producer
Rémi Canaple Consultant/advisor
Philippe Carcassonne Producer
Pascal Chauvin Special Effects
Carl Clifton Co-producer
Olivier Coutard Asst. Director
Emmanuel Croset Sound Mixer
Isabelle de Araujo Makeup
Jean-Marie Dreujou Cinematographer
Mathias Duhayer Camera Operator
Pascale Estève Score Composer
Brigitte Faure Production Manager
Anne Gilles Asst. Director
Leonard Glowinski Camera Operator
Jean Goudier Sound/Sound Designer
Joëlle Hache Editor
Dominique Hennequin Sound/Sound Designer
Claude Klotz Screenwriter
Paul Laine Sound/Sound Designer
Didier Lizé Sound Mixer
Ivan Maussion Art Director,Production Designer
Annie Périer Costumes/Costume Designer
Jérôme Robinet Sound/Sound Designer
Isabel Saint-Aubin Camera Operator
Véronique Stinus Camera Operator
Bernard Wystraëte Musical Direction/Supervision

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Glass of Water
2. Until Saturday
3. Different Worlds
4. Curiosity
5. Unexpected Meeting
6. Misconceptions
7. A Favor
8. Reinforcements
9. Experience His Life
10. Just Setting Things Straight
11. Parting Ways
12. Crossed Paths

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Man On Train 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Watching this movie is like holding a gem under moonlight. Soft spoken and understated, there is unmistakable beauty here. Days will pass, maybe months, before you forget the pleasure of this tightly-wound little story, with probing, yet subtle, dialogue, and superb acting. This is one you will probably return to because like a good knit blanket, it promises to age with you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The mystery of getting off the train and becoming a man without a past before we were told who he is. As he tried daily living, as the promoter of the band to try new music, and otherkinds of things, he was a person without guile. Although this has been written about as a love story, it's about living and becoming. It was a great movie.