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Man on the Train

Man on the Train

A thoughtful French buddy picture of an odd couple benefits immeasurably from solid work by actors Jean Rochefort and Johnny Hallyday.  The Man on the Train also is graced by the astute direction of Patrice Leconte (Girl on the Bridge) and Claude Klotz's refreshing script.

Hallyday, reverend like Elvis in France, and the esteemed veteran in Rochefort, are the jaded bank robber Milan and retired teacher Manesquier, respectively.  In eschewing Hollywood conventions, a headache and anxiety will affect these men as the roguish chap will go to business the same morning that the ailing Monsieur will undergo heart surgery.

The Man on the Train is strikingly subtle and conscious to the ways Milan and Manesquier admire each other's opposite sedentary and liberating lifestyles.  As much of the plot is set in Manesquier's expansive home that seems in part like a library, Leconte's film smoothly stays on a track to a conclusion that sees a brighter future.

 
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