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Train of Life (1998)

Train de vie (original title)
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
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Mordechai
Clément Harari ...
The Rabbi
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Yossi
Agathe de La Fontaine ...
Esther
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Schmecht
Bruno Abraham-Kremer ...
Yankele
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Sura
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Manzatou
Serge Kribus ...
Schtroul
Michel Israël ...
Sage 3 (as Michel Israel)
Rodica Sanda Tutuianu ...
Golda
Sanda Toma ...
Mere de Yossi
Zwi Kanar ...
Lilenfeld
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The Tzigan Colonel
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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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Comedy | Drama | War

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

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16 September 1998 (France)  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

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$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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Spoofs Titanic (1997) See more »

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Cine iubeste si lasa
Written by Maria Tanase
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A Magic Realism Touch to Recall Life Before the Holocaust
7 October 2005 | by (Queens, NY) – See all my reviews

Despite a really annoying audience of noisy senior citizens I got into the spirit of "Train of Life (Train de vie)" (though it was odd having the shtetl residents in a foreign-language film speak French until I realized of course in "Jakob the Liar" Robin Williams and Liev Schreiber speak English so why not in a Belgian/Romanian-produced movie wouldn't they speak French?).

It has the immediate feel of the magic realism of "The Milagro Beanfields War" and it no more cheapens the Holocaust than "The Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" cheapens the Civil War. It is full of the warmth and love of everyday life and personalities come sweetly to life.

I thought the Fool as the Seer was getting a bit much until it's made clear he's not really the Village Idiot so no heavy-handed symbolism.(originally written 11/14/1999)


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