The Girl on the Train (2009)
"La fille du RER" (original title)

Unrated  |   |  Drama  |  18 March 2009 (France)
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A drama centered on a young woman who claims she was the target of an anti-Semetic attack and the subsequent media sensation it creates.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michel Blanc ...
Samuel Bleistein
Jérémie Quaegebeur ...
Nathan (as Jérémy Quaegebeur)
Djibril Pavadé ...
Alain Cauchi ...
Amer Alwan ...
Le vendeur de bagages
Mélaine Leconte ...
La serveuse
Raphaëline Goupilleau ...
L'officier de la brigade des Stups
Arnaud Valois ...
Bruno Mary ...
Policier hôpital
Jessica Borio ...


Jeanne is a young woman, striking but otherwise without qualities. Her mother tries to get her a job in the office of a lawyer, Bleistein, her lover years ago. Jeanne fails the interview but falls into a relationship with Franck, a wrestler whose dreams and claims of being in a legitimate business partnership Jeanne is only too happy to believe. When Franck is arrested, he turns on Jeanne for her naivety; she's stung and seeks attention by making up a story of an attack on a train. Is there any way out for her? In a subplot, Bleistein's grandson, Nathan, prepares for his bar mitzvah and, through an encounter with Jeanne, experiences intimations of manhood. Written by <>

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$19,154 (USA) (22 January 2010)


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Amusing, but it probably wasn't meant that way
1 July 2009 | by (Netherlands) – See all my reviews

I just watched this film in the cinema, and I got to say, at the end I was walking out of the cinema with a big smile on my face. Not because I had seen a very good movie, but rather because I found the sheer randomness of the narrative pretty funny.

The movie tries to give a psychological motivation for the actions of its protagonist Jeanne, but what it actually accomplishes is very a fragmented sketch of Jeanne's life. There seems to be some causality in the narrative, but nowhere is there real motivation for the plot events. A lot of loose ends are left untied, and I kind of wondered why some things were even shown.

The film style is sloppy and unimaginative. The director tries to establish a motif by repeatedly showing shots involving a metro, but the shots don't really fit well and its only purpose seems to be to remind us of what the movie is about (if you knew before going to see the movie). The editing is fragmentary and mediocre, the cinematography seems okay.

I wouldn't really recommend seeing this film, though as I said before, I did enjoy myself, if not really for the reason I was supposed to.

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