The Girl on the Train (La Fille du RER)

2010

The Girl on the Train (La Fille du RER)

Critics Consensus

It's a bit of a comedown for director André Téchiné, but this fact-based drama raises some thorny questions -- and benefits from strong performances by Catherine Deneuve and Emilie Dequenne.

78%

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Total Count: 60

42%

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User Ratings: 1,862
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Based on the true story of a young girl who stunned France when she falsely claimed to be the target of an Anti-Semitic attack.

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  • Aug 21, 2012
    Episodic and slow-paced, this bizarre fact-based drama benefits from a dreamy visual style, poetic editing and three immersive central performances. It's a universal truth that people lie; "The Girl on the Train" is a rare exploration of what that can mean.
    Daniel P Super Reviewer
  • Mar 05, 2011
    If you don't have patience then don't watch this movie.It never picked up until the very end & then it was over.I just sat there thinking WTF?! I watched all that for nothing!
    Brody M Super Reviewer
  • Feb 09, 2010
    Interesting character study about a young woman who fakes a story about being being the target of an anti-Semitic attack, scandalizing France and the Jewish community. Based on a true story, "The Girl on the Train" examines her motives in a memorable and lyrical way, even if its fractured structure occasionally detracts from its power.
    Matthew L Super Reviewer
  • Jan 24, 2010
    In "The Girl on the Train," Jeanne(Emilie Dequenne), a feckless young woman, spends he days rollerblading in Paris when she is approached by Franck(Nicolas Duvauchelle), an amateur wrestler and the kind of man her mother Louise(Catherine Deneuve) would warn her about. She initially rebuffs him but becomes more attracted to him the longer she knows him. In reality, she is supposed to be going on job interviews and actually does succeed in getting one, but only because Louise admits once knowing Samuel(Michel Blanc), now a famous attorney, whose former daughter-in-law Judith(Ronit Elkabetz) interviews Jeanne and fails to be impressed. Since the young lovers are flat broke, that forces Franck to take a job for him and Jeanne to be caretakers at a shady electronics company. Inspired by true events, "The Girl on the Train" is a decidedly unsettling(even before the central incident), if slightly forced, movie. Director Andre Techine depicts a troubled world where hate crimes are plentiful and nobody can hear themselves think due to the trains going by and a soundtrack that starts out with a martial beat before including everything from recent songs to pop standards to classics. The characters are at undecided places in their lives, particularly the self-absorbed Jeanne, and do not take full responsibility for their own situations. For example, Louise wonders what her life would have been like if she had married Samuel when she had the chance. Ironically, Samuel is the one character who has everything together which might be because of his being so successful and wealthy.(Since he has nothing to prove, especially about who he is, he does not even have any business cards printed up.) This is a quality his grandson Nathan(Jeremy Quaegebeur) may have inherited, as he is confident beyond his years, almost scarily so.
    Walter M Super Reviewer

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