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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.

Director:

Radu Mihaileanu

Writers:

Radu Mihaileanu, Moni Ovadia (italian version)
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Cast

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

Comedy | Drama | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Language:

French | German

Release Date:

16 September 1998 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Train of Life See more »

Filming Locations:

Romania See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$21,038, 7 November 1999, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$154,790, 28 November 1999
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Connections

Spoofs Titanic (1997) See more »

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Wow!!!
21 March 2001 | by rps-2See 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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