Separated in three apparently independent chapters, Advantages of Travelling by Train tells the story of editor Helga Pato, a forty-something woman who by chance meets psychiatrist Ángel Sanagustín in a train ride, who tells her (first chapter) the story about one of his patients, Martín Urales, who enlisted in the army was sent to fight in the Kosovo War where he met Dr. Linares, a determined and compassionate woman that trying to create a child hospital to heal war damaged is forced to make a terrific deal: in exchange to have the hospital she wants, Linares must bring a child per month to her benefactors to film adult and snuff movies. Returning home after he was fired from army to attempt alert his superiors, Martín's aging father rejects the story and rejects his son, forcing Martín to the exile. In this point Sanagustín downs in a train station to buy candies but have no time to return, and Helga finds Sanagustín's folder in front of him. Reading the medical record of the ...Written by
The song that is heard during the murder-dream scene is performed by Massiel, 1968 Spanish entry (and winner) of the Eurovision Contest. Lovely to check the lyrics as Helga approaches Emilio. See more »
Keep quite an open mind if you're up to watch it, a rather bold film that touches heavy, weird and dreadful topics, crossing several lines. The director has pretty dark and bizarre ideas which he shares with us in beautiful aesthetics and great acting, in a film you'll absolutely remember watching. Maybe he tried too much to shock us with some wild details here and there but in the end the metaphors work out. Certainly makes you think, a film definitely not for everyone.
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