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Train of Life (1998)
"Train de vie" (original title)

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In 1941, the inhabitants of a small Jewish village in Central Europe organize a fake deportation train so that they can escape the Nazis and flee to Palestine.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lionel Abelanski ...
Shlomo
Rufus ...
Mordechai
Clément Harari ...
The Rabbi
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Yossi
Agathe de La Fontaine ...
Esther
Johan Leysen ...
Schmecht
Bruno Abraham-Kremer ...
Yankele
Marie-José Nat ...
Sura
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Manzatou
Serge Kribus ...
Schtroul
Michel Israel ...
Sage 3
Rodica Sanda Tutuianu ...
Golda
Sanda Toma ...
Mere de Yossi
Zwi Kanar ...
Lilenfeld
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The Tzigan Colonel
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Storyline

Central Europe, WWII. The village fool of a small Jewish community warns the townsfolk that the Nazis are coming, and advises them to build a fake deportation train to cross the Russian border and get to Palestine. Some Jews are dressed up with German uniforms, and soon they start getting strange ideas about how it feels to be a Nazi; others are infected with the fast-spreading germ of communism. Meanwhile, the Russian border gets closer and closer... Written by <spillo@maya.dei.unipd.it>

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Rated R for some sexuality and nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

16 September 1998 (France)  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$21,038 (USA) (5 November 1999)

Gross:

$154,790 (USA) (26 November 1999)
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The footage of the train exterior and interior was actually second unit footage filmed for what was supposed to have been the Puppet Wars mini-trilogy, spun-off from the popular DTV horror series Puppet Master. See more »

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References To Be or Not to Be (1942) See more »

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Cine iubeste si lasa
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Wow!!!
21 March 2001 | by (Bracebridge Ont) – See all my reviews

This is a magnificent film. Like "Life Is Beautiful" it manages to be a comedy about the Holocaust but also a sensitive and thoughtful study of it. It's beautifully filmed, wonderfully acted, superbly directed. I can't think of a film I've seen this year that is more entertaining and more thought provoking. It's a comedy, it's a fantasy, it's a musical, it's a drama, it's a romance, it's an allegory and, yes, it's a tragedy. It's also wonderfully European with none of the predictable Hollywood cliches but with fascinating symbolism and revealing studies of human dynamics. But not the least artsey-dartsey. And how I'm tempted to give away the ending. But no! I wouldn't want anyone to miss that cinematic fist in the gut. Wow!!! The whole hour and a half is crystalized in a five second closeup. You won't be prepared for it! This is one of the few films I've ever given a ten!


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