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Those Who Love Me Can Take the Train (1998)

Ceux qui m'aiment prendront le train (original title)
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Friends of a recently deceased minor painter Jean-Baptiste take a train in Paris for Limoges, where he wished to be buried, and all the people on the train have their problems.


Patrice Chéreau


Danièle Thompson (scenario), Patrice Chéreau (scenario) | 2 more credits »
6 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Pascal Greggory ... François
Valeria Bruni Tedeschi ... Claire (as Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi)
Charles Berling ... Jean-Marie
Jean-Louis Trintignant ... Lucien Emmerich / Jean-Baptiste Emmerich
Bruno Todeschini ... Louis
Sylvain Jacques Sylvain Jacques ... Bruno
Vincent Perez ... Viviane
Roschdy Zem ... Thierry
Dominique Blanc ... Catherine
Delphine Schiltz Delphine Schiltz ... Elodie
Nathan Kogen Nathan Kogen ... Sami (as Nathan Cogan)
Marie Daëms Marie Daëms ... Lucie
Chantal Neuwirth ... Geneviève
Thierry de Peretti Thierry de Peretti ... Dominique
Olivier Gourmet ... Bernard


Friends of a recently deceased minor painter Jean-Baptiste take a train in Paris for Limoges, where he wished to be buried, and all the people on the train have their problems. Written by Anonymous

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Drama | Romance


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In the scene where Claire and Viviane are sitting at the table discussing Viviane's name, Claire's hands alternate between touching her face and resting on the table repeatedly between shots. See more »

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The Greatest Gay Film Ever Made
3 March 2001 | by cllrdrSee all my reviews

I saw it three times in a theater, and on DVD far too many times to count. I can't recall a film that has touched me so deeply. Maybe it's the way it encapsulated every funeral I've been to over the past ten years (and believe me, there have been a lot of them.) Maybe it's the way it reflected gay life as I've known it -- which is not one in which the imitation-straight couple rules (as in that pathetic HRC March on Washington), but rather consists of a complex network of friends and lovers. Just as Chereau's "L'Homme Blesse" captured coming out as I experienced it, so does this film deal with middle-age, loss, and regret. Part of what makes it so exceptional is that Chereau refuses to privilege straights in the narrative. For once THEY are the ones who have to explain themselves. Gayness is a given. It's hard to speak of "big scenes" in a film that gives you one after another. But the one in which the mourners watch the coffin go by in a car as Jeff Buckley's "The Last Goodbye" plays on the soundtrack has got to be one of the finest of modern cinema. And the finale, where Francois (Pascal Greggory) says goodbye to everyone without saying a word breaks my heart every time.

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Release Date:

15 May 1998 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Limoges, Haute-Vienne, France


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,804, 8 August 1999

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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