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These type of portmanteau films seldom work out as well as does this one.
Olmi's first piece is certainly the most substantial and subtle of the film's three episodes, but it is also strangely the least engaging, with a pace that recalls the endless delays of British Rail rather than the more efficient services on the continent
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This is a marvelous character study, a terrific exercise in cinematic storytelling, and one of the year's best films.
More benign than Three...Extremes and less uneven than Eros, Tickets offers a triptych of slender yet genuine delights.
A compelling look at the lives of normal people on a moving train: while the first story is the weak link and the second lacks a more satisfying conclusion, the movie hits the mark with the last one and proves to be a delightful omnibus film made by three great directors.
"Tickets" is remarkable for an omnibus movie as the segments directed by Ermanno Olmi, Abbas Kiarostami and Ken Loach are all set on the same plane of reality of one train heading south from Vienna to Rome. Like most other omnibus movies, it is wildly uneven with the best segment being the first by Ermanno Olmi which transcends the message of the need to make connections:
An old professor(Carlo Delle Plane) is infomred by a younger assistant(Valeria Bruni Tedeschi) that all flights have been canceled and that he will have to take a train back to his native Italy. On the train, he thinks back to her kindness in making the necessary reservations and guiding him through the train station, made more difficult by the presence of miltary troops. By moving at a slower pace, the professor actually has the time to decompress, think, reflect and take in his surroundings, as the chronology is scrambled to follow the pattern of his thoughts, perfectly capturing the essence of train travel.
Abbas Kiarostami joins the train in Italy the following morning, as calm has descended. However, things are about to heat up with new passengers including an older woman(Silvana De Santis) and her young companion, Filippo(Filippo Troiano). On an already full train, a microcosm of the real world where peaceful resolution is key, she refuses to cooperate twice with her fellow passengers, causing trouble, even when she is right.
Nearing Rome, Ken Loach brings a bit of Scotland on board with Jamesy(Martin Compston), Frank(William Ruane) and Spaceman(Gary Maitland), three supermarket workers traveling all the way to Rome to cheer on their favorite soccer team in a Champions League game. The guys are soon confronted by the possibility that there may be more important things in the world than their favorite sport, as stereotypes are shattered all around.
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