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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... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Carlo Delle Piane ... Professor
Valeria Bruni Tedeschi ... PR Lady
Silvana De Santis Silvana De Santis ... Italian Lady
Filippo Trojano Filippo Trojano ... Filippo
Martin Compston ... Jamesy
Gary Maitland Gary Maitland ... Frank
William Ruane ... Spaceman
Blerta Cahani Blerta Cahani ... Albanian Family Girl
Klajdi Qorraj Klajdi Qorraj ... Albanian Family Boy
Aishe Gjuriqi Aishe Gjuriqi ... Albanian Family Mother
Sanije Dedja Sanije Dedja ... Albanian Family Grandmother
Kledi Salaj Kledi Salaj ... Albanian Family Baby
Edmond Budina Edmond Budina ... Albanian Family Father
Danilo Nigrelli Danilo Nigrelli ... Man With Mobile
Carolina Benvenga Carolina Benvenga ... Girl
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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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Italy | UK

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Italian | English | German | Albanian | Persian

Release Date:

25 March 2005 (Italy) See more »

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€101,285 (Italy), 27 March 2005, Limited Release
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1.85 : 1
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One train. Three directors. Three caricatures of train travel in Europe.
20 March 2007 | by raseczSee all my reviews

An overnight Trenitalia Intercity train from Innsbruck to Rome is the venue for three short stories that happen on the same journey.

(1) An Italian bio-pharma professor returning from a day-long meeting in Austria is unable to use airline tickets to fly back to Rome and instead is forced to return by train. It's night and the train leaves Innsbruck. A scrambled time-line, surreal elements and the most exaggerated caricature.

(2) A young man and a general's wife -- an impertinent woman -- travel in first class with second class tickets. Straight narrative, filled with little episodes, and the most humorous.

(3) Three Scottish lads clad in white-green soccer fan T-shirts en route to Rome to attend a game are faced with the loss of one of their train tickets. Straight narrative and a view on the multi-cultural crosscurrents of Europe. It's daytime and the film closes with the train's arrival at Rome's Termini station.

In the confined and crowded linear space of passenger trains, secondary characters bump into each other and that helps stitch the stories loosely together. Of those, members of an Albanian immigrant family --Roma gypsies? -- play parts in the first and third.

Don't go looking for a strong narrative backbone. Instead take this film for what it really is, a caricature of train travel in Europe. Think in terms of vignettes: examples of the myriad situations that one may observe when travelling by train in the EU. The film is a sampler of those situations, but a concentrated one. Take it is a primer if you have not visited there. Buy your ticket and enjoy the ride.


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