The Girl on the Train (La Fille du RER) (2010)
Critic 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.
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Critic Reviews for The Girl on the Train (La Fille du RER)
The film's big strength is its unwillingness to dish out easy answers
Although this stylish and ominously paced vehicle starts with a full itinerary, it never makes a vital connection.
Although the main character's motivations remain largely a matter of conjecture, The Girl on the Train is a compelling piece of cinema.
The Girl on the Train reverberates with a quiet, seductive power.
Audience Reviews for The Girl on the Train (La Fille du RER)
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.
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.
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