The Man on the Train

2002, Comedy/Drama, 1h 30m

115 Reviews 2,500+ Ratings

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A lovely, contemplative character study with two wonderful performances at its center. Read critic reviews

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Milan (Johnny Hallyday) is a beleaguered old thief who rolls into a small French town with the aim of robbing its bank. However, a chance meeting with a local professor, Monsieur Manesquier (Jean Rochefort), delays his scheme and leads to an unexpected friendship. Milan has grown tired of his adventurous life on the run and wishes to retire in peace; Manesquier craves the danger he's never known in his bookish existence. Their shared admiration and envy inspires each to follow his dream.

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  • Jan 13, 2012
    Nice very nice. A very interesting switcheroo with some genuinely good comedic elements.
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  • May 12, 2007
    A very delicate film, but it works.
    Bob S Super Reviewer
  • Feb 25, 2006
    [center][font=Arial][color=darkred][img]http://img126.imageshack.us/img126/4116/photo016pn.jpg[/img][/color][/font][/center] [font=Arial][color=darkred][/color][/font] [font=Arial][color=darkred]A dark stranger gets off a train in France. He has piercing blue eyes and a weathered face with a machine-like expression. This man is Milan (Johnny Hallyday) and he’s stopping by this small French town for a new job. Oh, Milan’s business is robbing banks. In this small village he befriends a garrulous retired poetry teacher, Monsieur Manesquie (Jean Rochefort). The two men spend their time wishing they had the life of the other. Milan openly seeks a comfortable life surrounded by books. Monsieur Manesquie is a huge fan of Clint Eastwood movies and longs for some action in his life. He secretly dreams of one day robbing a bank just for the fun of it.[/color][/font] [font=Arial][color=darkred]So, an interesting start for a film, right? Sure. But this IS the movie. ‘The Man on the Train’ is a middling character experiment. The two men rub off each other, with Milan teaching a young boy the wonders of poetry, and Monsieur Manesquie learning how to properly fire a gun. The scenes are nice and both actors are splendid (especially French rocker Hallyday) but the film is one long muddled and meandering trip until our inevitable climax. The ending feels needlessly open-ended and a tad clumsy. There’s also a subplot featuring a young mistress for Monsieur Manesquie that sticks out like a sore thumb.[/color][/font] [font=Arial][color=darkred]‘The Man on the Train’ is a well shot and well acted film but it only feels like the first half of a movie. I’m sure plenty of people out there will appreciate the character nuances and small moments, but this is a film completely driven by small moments that never add up to anything larger. Maybe ‘The Man on the Train’ just isn’t for me. Or maybe I need to just wait for the second half, if it ever gets made.[/color][/font] [font=Arial][color=darkred]Nate's Grade: C+[/color][/font]
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