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Running Time:
90 minutes for some language and brief violence

Rating: R Restricted. Under 17 Requires Accompanying Adult.

Rating Explanation:
for some language and brief violence

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
This French film drama boasts two wonderful performances filled with emotion and expressed through humor, pathos and moments of surprising tenderness.

Additional Info:
DVD Features: Widescreen version enhanced for 16:9 TVs; Dolby Digital: French 5.1 Surround, French Dolby Surround; English subtitles.



The Man on the Train
A silent, stoic man (Johnny Hallyday) gets off a train in a small French village, where he soon meets the garrulous, elderly Monsieur Manesquier (Jean Rochefort) who's a retired French teacher about to undergo triple-bypass surgery. At first, the old man seems a bit daft as he leads his new friend past the unlocked gate and front door of his house, telling him that he lost the keys years ago. Mostly, though, he merely chatters on about his life, while firing questions at his new friend, most of which the latter never answers. Soon Monsieur Manesquier invites his new friend to stay with him for a few days since there is no hotel in the village. What he doesn't know is that his guest is a bank robber, just in town against his better judgment, to do a job. The rambling book-filled mansion had once belonged to Manesquier's mother. He admits that it's stuffy and cluttered but in the 15 years since she died, he hasn't been able to bring himself to change it. As the days go by, friendship develops between these two, as well as a certain envy for what the other one has. Manesquier is captivated by his new friend's leather jackets, guns, and aura of mystery and danger, and longs for a life far removed from his own secure, predictable existence. The guest, Milan, wouldn't mind changing places himself, as he's drawn to the homey comfort of the house, with its poetry-filled books, art-filled walls, and the warmth and careful order of it all. With the time ticking down until Saturday, when circumstances will force them to part, each experiments with filling the other's shoes. What really distinguishes this film directed by Patrice Leconte, are the two beautiful performances that he has elicited from Hallyday and Rochefort. These are two unforgettable characters in a comic melodrama that unfolds leisurely with both power and charm.






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