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This film deserves to be amongst the titles of the greats. It is full
of insightful moments of fear and compassion in such a short yet
powerful journey. The story takes place during World War Two, as an
older Jewish, man played by Michael Lerner, gets on to a train in order
to escape Nazi occupied France only to be left at the mercy of a German
Officer. At this point the character played by the wonderful Wendy
Crewson gets involved.
This piece is based on a true story and superbly acted by both Lerner and Crewson, with superb cinematography by Mitchell T. Ness. It is beautifully directed by the great up and coming director Anthony Green who is hugely talented and who will, at this rate, be at the top of his game in no time soon.
I'm fortunate enough to get to see short films through a program on
public television called "The Short List" which seasonally features
selected short films from around the world.
Wow! What a dramatic impact in such a short time. In the space of about 10 minutes this film builds to a point of high suspense. Also, inside of that time, we are introduced to man, given insight into his character, shown the wide variety of emotions that pass through him -- all without a word from the actor. The other major character in the film her own triumph in acting on two levels: someone who is acting as though she is acting.
Mysteriously, as of this writing more than half of the raters have given this film the supreme rating of 10, but its overall IMDb rating hovers around 4.0. Huh???!
This is a great little film. Its makers should proud and you should be so lucky as to see it.
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
I have recently seen this film in my enhanced English class. We watched it once with sound, then muted it. This film strategically places subtle symbolism. In the first part where the man sits on the bench, you don't notice it at first, but when you watch it again (as I have), you notice that behind him is a train car. Much like the ones used to deport Jews. (which if you didn't notice, the main character is one. You see him praying on the train when he realizes his papers are gone.) Can someone say "foreshadowing"?? When he saves the pigeon, he is transforming from a bystander to a hero. He saves the pigeon. In the train, the woman he has never ever met before saves him. But in the end, notice how the pigeon is dead. What do you think will happen to the man? He will most likely die. As his situation and the pigeon's is similar, I assume that he will be caught and either sent to a concentration camp from a train car or will be shot dead. So even though he was saved, he will still die. This movie had excellent camera work and I loved the music and how minimalistic the dialogue was. Thank you for reading.
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