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The Girl on the Train (2009)

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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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André Téchiné

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André Téchiné (scenario, adaptation and dialogue), Odile Barski (scenario, adaptation and dialogue) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Émilie Dequenne ... Jeanne
Michel Blanc ... Samuel Bleistein
Catherine Deneuve ... Louise
Mathieu Demy ... Alex
Ronit Elkabetz ... Judith
Nicolas Duvauchelle ... Franck
Jérémie Quaegebeur Jérémie Quaegebeur ... Nathan (as Jérémy Quaegebeur)
Djibril Pavadé Djibril Pavadé ... Tom
Alain Cauchi Alain Cauchi ... Marius
Amer Alwan Amer Alwan ... Le vendeur de bagages
Mélaine Leconte Mélaine Leconte ... La serveuse
Raphaëline Goupilleau Raphaëline Goupilleau ... L'officier de la brigade des Stups
Arnaud Valois ... Gabi
Bruno Mary Bruno Mary ... Policier hôpital
Jessica Borio Jessica Borio ... Secrétaire
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Storyline

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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

UGC [France]

Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

18 March 2009 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Girl on the Train See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

€406,402 (France), 22 March 2009, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$19,154, 24 January 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$207,323, 17 October 2010
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| (European Film Market)

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DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Stabat Mater
Music by Antonio Vivaldi (as Vivaldi)
Performed by Andreas Scholl with Ensemble 415
Conducted by Chiara Banchini
© Harmonia Mundi, s.a. 2009
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Frustrating, a key social theme diluted and squandered
12 July 2010 | by secondtakeSee all my reviews

The Girl on the Train (2009)

The hook that made this movie successful is not enough to make the movie good. The added plot in the first half fizzles and seems ultimately irrelevant. Yes, the main actress plays the part of an "airhead," as the subtitle translates her stupidity. But the movie itself has some of the same disease. It lacks formal intelligence, and it stretches out a few basic ideas over 105 minutes, posing as a serious movie with serious implications.

Not that it's misery to watch. In a way, the fact that you get sucked in waiting and waiting for some basic conflict to formulate says something about the acting and editing. This is contemporary Paris, or a cozy, idealized side to it. And you can't dismiss the theme of anti-Semitism, which gets some elaboration and complexity as you go, including some great, if simplified, conversations between Jews at their country house about what it means to be a contemporary Jew. It's conveniently packaged, but adds some needed interest to the events.

This leads eventually to a rather long and oddly placed bar mitzvah celebration, and some more roller blading filler. It's a frustrating thing to see all this content watered down by a single turn of events, the faked hate crime attack, which happens well past the halfway point of the movie. And around which the suspense of being fooled is left out of the movie, because we are told everything as it happens.


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