The actors are top notch in this film and the story is wholly original and one that raises great questions that are rarely discussed openly. Many a men settle down and many a men have a hard time letting go of the wild days of their youth and sometimes this shows as a midlife crisis later on in their lives. Metroland started off a little slow for me, but engaged me deeply after in no time. I can recall many films that have used short flashback sequences and Metroland had plenty of them early on, but I can't recall one that included a very long thorough flashback in the way Metroland did. It takes us back early on into his life in Paris as an artist in love with his French girlfriend he met before meeting his wife. This flashback sequence is so long that it feels like a different movie, but when it's over and we're taken back to his present day it feels perfect. 9/10 from me.
I found Elsa's character more sympathetic than Emily's. Might not be a good choice if you're a big Emily Watson fan, I dunno.