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Valeria Bruni Tedeschi
Valeria Bruni Tedeschi,
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Let me say first of all that I'm not a train freak - but for train freaks, the shots on board the train were well done, there was a good sense of movement all through. Even after the funeral - and no trains, this was sustained.
I was amused at Jean-Baptiste's desire for everyone who loved him to go by train, but his coffin to be transported by car - and did have to ask if those who came to the funeral by car did it from lack of love for the dear departed or from geographical necessity? I enjoyed this film more than I expected to; it was well paced, the characters were compelling, if not exactly your average circle of family and friends.
The standard of acting was generally very good - I particularly enjoyed Vincent Perez's performance.
If it reminded me of anything, the use of a widely varied soundtrack put me in mind of some of Fassbinder's better work.
I feel this film justifies watching more than once, if only to sort out who's who and where they fit together, but, from first viewing, plenty of life, despite being based round a death.
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