Those Who Love Me Can Take The Train details
|Starring:||Charles Berling, Pascal Greggory, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Vincent Perez, Bruno Todeschini, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi|
|Genre:||World Cinema - French|
Those Who Love Me Can Take The Train
|Run time:||2 hours|
|Rental release:||Not currently released|
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Brilliant!By a customer from London, England , 29 Aug 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]If you like dense, complex character studies, this is one for you. Patrice Ch?reau is not interested in pat solutions, 'pop-corn' plots, spoon-fed comedy or 'star' vehicles.
A gaggle of friends and relations pile onto a train from Paris to Limoges, enroute to a funeral. The deceased has had an impact on each character, and as they bicker, laugh, grieve and confide in each other, a picture of the dead man is fleshed out.
Ch?reau has cast this work superbly, creating a hyper-realistic ensemble. He allows his cast to create an almost improvised quality, dialogue crossing over dialogue, with each performer whether major and minor bringing utter conviction and truth to their role. At no time do you feel manipulated to either love or loathe any of the characters.
The conclusion is perhaps a little lacking, but that's only because I didn't really want to leave the throng.
Don't expect Hollywood-style comedy, drama or action. Instead, settle down and relish the thoughtful and intelligent craft of this French genius!
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Not the express, not the expressionBy Stephen from North Cornelly, South Wales , 17 Feb 2012This was not the treat that I anticipated - apart from a stand-out (in a very particular sense) performance from Vincent Perez, it has very little to recommend it.
Too far to French for me. And far too French for the French, I suspect.
single to Calais s'il vous plaitBy gazcrit (12 reviews) from leigh-on-sea , 11 Oct 2010probably brilliant if your a French speaking gay boy.
Interesting incite into gay relations - very strange and more sophisticated than the stereo typical catty wise cracking oiks that we get on British TV!
What a waste...By a customer from London , 05 Aug 2010French movies are normally very good and entertaining, but had I known this one was a gay's film I would have never rented it.
Weak plot, messy and generally uninteresting.
Please don't waste your time!
French archetypeBy a customer from Isle of Skye, Scotland , 03 Feb 2010While this is an intelligent film it just didn't thrill me.
It's archetypally French, being all about what drives and defines relationships. There's a bit of 'road movie' thrown in, and even that's got a French twist, since it's by train not car.
An argumentative ragbag of people take the train to the funeral of the one man who links them all. The funeral is a cursory event, then the second half of the film gets down to what comes out in the wash in Limoges.
Looking at the (text) interview with the director on the 'extras' helps clarify some points.
Most of the characters only run 'part route' as it where, and the film narrows down to a few - what will become of the rowing druggy couple, or the gay menage à trois?
But for me, it's only the incidental oddities on the way that hold sufficient interest to follow it through - the vast cemetery that's more populous than the city around it; the pre-op transexual who makes a late appearance; the frantic train ride of the first half, and how it looks, genuinely having been filmed on a moving train.
Not sorry I watched it, but wouldn't rush to see more.
those who love me can take the trainBy a customer from Leominster , 01 Feb 2010Not one of the BEST films of the 1990's , but a genuine candidate for the VERY WORST. (Unless continuous arguments turn you on!)