The Man on the Train

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Released 2002

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Director:
Patrice Leconte
Released:
2002
Rating:
R
At a deserted train station, a teacher and a gangster meet and realize that each might have been better suited to the other man's way of life. As a friendship of sorts develops between these opposite personalities, each starts to envy the other and by the week's end, everything will change for both of them. Notorious criminal Milan (Hallyday) is sent to a small French town to knock off the local bank. With plans to make and no place to stay, he accepts a retired schoolteacher's (Rochefort) offer of shelter. Quickly they find that their lives might have turned out better if they were in one another's shoes

Metacritic Score

  • 80

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    Mr. Leconte gives this meeting of opposites in Claude Klotz's script a lovely, sportive élan, instead of making it register as lumpy, obvious polemics.

  • 80

    Variety David Rooney

    The comedy-drama hinges on the captivating dynamic between the two men, combining gentle humor and charm with a melancholy undercurrent of yearning.

  • 70

    Los Angeles Times Manohla Dargis

    As a filmmaker, he (Leconte) doesn't have anything profound to say but does say his something with craft, visual flair and professionalism. Depending on your mood, that can be eith...

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    Crime, Foreign Language