THE MAN ON THE TRAIN

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Release Date: May 09, 2003

Starring: Jean Rochefort, Johnny
Hallyday, Charlie Nelson, and
Isabelle Petit-Jacques

Genre: Drama

Audience: Older teenagers and
adults REVIEWER: Dr. Tom
Snyder THE MAN ON THE TRAIN is
one of those light French
crime thrillers whose
storyline has little or
nothing to do with mystery or
crime, but focuses instead on
everyday character
relationships or chance
encounters. The movie opens
with a mysterious middle-aged
man, Milan, who arrives in a
small French town off the main
tourist stops. He stops in a
drugstore to get some aspirin
for his headache, but the
aspirin requires water. An
older man, a retired teacher
named Manesquier, offers him a
drink of water at his large
house, inherited from his
mother. The town's hotel,
however, is closed for the
night, so Manesquier lets
Milan stay at his house until
Saturday. Saturday is a big
day for both men. The teacher
is scheduled to have open
heart surgery, and Milan is
scheduled to rob the town's
bank with several compadres.
At first, the bank robber is
irritated by the teacher's
talkative ways, but soon he
finds himself wishing he could
trade places with the recluse.
Meanwhile, the teacher learns
that Milan keeps three guns in
his belongings, and Milan
confides in him abut the bank
robbery. Now, Manesquier is
wishing that he could trade
places with the bank
robber. THE MAN ON THE TRAIN
is about the regret of wasted
lives. At one point, the
teacher criticizes his sister
and himself for letting their
lives become so dull and
unchallenging. The idea of
changing one's life to make it
better becomes a wistful,
unattainable dream at the end,
however. Despite this humanist
attitude and some foul
language and brief violence,
viewers may enjoy the budding
friendship that grows between
these two unlikely characters,
played with distinction by
Jean Rochefort and Johnny
Hallyday. Of course, the
unexamined life is not worth
living, but there is hope,
love, and faith in Jesus
Christ, whose Gospel can
provide deep, fruitful meaning
for damaged lives filled with
regret. Please address your
comments to: David Dinerstein
& Ruth
Vitale Co-Presidents Paramount
Classics A Division of
Paramount Pictures 5555
Melrose Avenue Chevalier
Building Los Angeles, CA
90038 Phone: (323)
956-2000 Fax: (323)
862-1012 Website:
www.paramountclassics.com

Rating: R

Runtime: 90 minutes

Distributor: Paramount Classics

Director: Patrice Leconte

Executive Producer:

Producer: Philippe Carcassonne EXECUTIVE
PRODUCER: Christophe Audeguis

Writer: Claude Klotz

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Content:

(HH, B, LLL, VV, S, N, A, D, M) Strong humanist worldview but with some redeeming moral qualities; 18 obscenities and two light profanities; bank robbers hold guns on customers, bank robber gets shot in chest after stepping in the way of police bullets intended for his cohort, and implied heart surgery scenes (but nothing really graphic); implied fornication and older man mentions masturbating experiences as a youth; upper male nudity and rear female nudity in painting; alcohol use; smoking; and, bank robbery and knowingly hiding a criminal.

GENRE: Drama

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Summary:

THE MAN ON THE TRAIN is a French movie about the chance meeting and budding friendship between a bank robber and a retired teacher, who begin to wish that they could trade places. It has a humanist worldview and contains foul language and brief violence.

Review:

THE MAN ON THE TRAIN is one of those light French crime thrillers whose storyline has little or nothing to do with mystery or crime, but focuses instead on everyday character relationships or chance encounters.

The movie opens with a mysterious middle-aged man, Milan, who arrives in a small French town off the main tourist stops. He stops in a drugstore to get some aspirin for his headache, but the aspirin requires water. An older man, a retired teacher named Manesquier, offers him a drink of water at his large house, inherited from his mother. The town's hotel, however, is closed for the night, so Manesquier lets Milan stay at his house until Saturday.

Saturday is a big day for both men. The teacher is scheduled to have open heart surgery, and Milan is scheduled to rob the town's bank with several compadres. At first, the bank robber is irritated by the teacher's talkative ways, but soon he finds himself wishing he could trade places with the recluse. Meanwhile, the teacher learns that Milan keeps three guns in his belongings, and Milan confides in him abut the bank robbery. Now, Manesquier is wishing that he could trade places with the bank robber.

THE MAN ON THE TRAIN is about the regret of wasted lives. At one point, the teacher criticizes his sister and himself for letting their lives become so dull and unchallenging. The idea of changing one's life to make it better becomes a wistful, unattainable dream at the end, however. Despite this humanist attitude and some foul language and brief violence, viewers may enjoy the budding friendship that grows between these two unlikely characters, played with distinction by Jean Rochefort and Johnny Hallyday. Of course, the unexamined life is not worth living, but there is hope, love, and faith in Jesus Christ, whose Gospel can provide deep, fruitful meaning for damaged lives filled with regret.

Please address your comments to:

David Dinerstein & Ruth Vitale

Co-Presidents

Paramount Classics

A Division of Paramount Pictures

5555 Melrose Avenue

Chevalier Building

Los Angeles, CA 90038

Phone: (323) 956-2000

Fax: (323) 862-1012

Website: www.paramountclassics.com

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