During a train journey from Central Europe to Rome, characters connect through casual encounters and set forth a story of love, chance and sacrifice. One single journey sparks many changes for many people.
A train travels across Italy toward Rome. On board is a professor who daydreams a conversation with a love that never was, a family of Albanian refugees who switch trains and steal a ticket, three brash Scottish soccer fans en route to a match, and a complaining widow traveling to a memorial service for her late husband who's accompanied by a community-service volunteer who's assisting her. Interactions among these Europeans turn on class and nationalism, courtesy and rudeness, and opportunities for kindness.Written by
The making of Tickets started with a conversation between director Abbas Kiarostami and producers Carlo Cresto-Dina and Babak Karimi. Kiarostami suggested the idea of a trilogy of feature-length documentaries to be directed by three different directors. When asked to name the directors he would have liked to have on board, he immediately mentioned Ermanno Olmi and Ken Loach. A fax was sent to the two masters who both immediately replied with an almost identical phone call: 'I am in! The three of us can make tremendous work together'.
The story was conceived in sequence by Ermanno Olmi (who first came up with a story of an old scientist on a train), Abbas Kiarostami (who picked up some of Olmi's characters and continued the plot) and finally Ken Loach (who, with writer Paul Laverty, introduced new characters and stories but at the same time concluded Olmi's initial plot). The film is all set on a train, travelling from central Europe to Rome. Stories and characters will interweave like casual encounters on a second class intercity train. Some of the sequences were jointly directed by the three together.
The editing then gelled together the stories in a single storyline. See more »
The form of the text that the Italian pharmacologist is
writing on his laptop is inconsistent between the close-up shots and the longer-distance ones: the laptop is a Windows machine, and the longer-distance show the Windows operating system, but the close-ups are of the modern Macintosh operating system. See more »
The Celtic Song
by Liam Mallory
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Feels like what it is-a long train journey without a book
When I first started watching this movie I was looking for some kind of subtle metaphors but it soon dawned on me that this movie was indeed about people on a train. The interactions between people are like those you can see any day on the street and when in occasion there is a slightly more interesting situation the dialogue becomes stilted and boring. Its not that I don't get how this film is trying to portray the way people interact, it's just that in this film they are very boring. If you want to see and analyse these kinds of relationships you'd be best to actually go out and buy a train ticket and look at the people on the train with you. It is realistic but you wouldn't go to a movie to watch a film about you sitting there watching the movie.
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