Train of Life


Train of Life (1999)


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Radu Mihaileanu directed this French-Belgian-Romanian-Dutch comedy-drama, set in Central Europe during the summer of 1941. Yiddish-speaking Jews purchase a train, forge identity papers, and leave town. Posing as both prisoners and Nazis, they hope to reach Palestine via the Soviet Union, but problems arise when they encounter real Germans. To make matters worse, resistance fighters plan to dynamite the train. Made in Romania with French and German dialogue, this film won an international critics prize at the 1998 Venice Film Festival.


as Mordechai
Clément Harari
as The Rabbi
Constantin Barbulescu
as Third Resistant
Robert Borremans
as Der Hauptsturmfuhrer
Constantin Codrescu
as First Wise Man
Theodor Danetti
as Second Wise Man
Daniel Decot
as First Resistant
Constantin Dinulescu
as Fifth Wise Man
Gad Elmaleh
as Manzatou
Michel Israel
as Third Wise Man
Zwi Kanar
as Lilenfeld
Serge Kribus
as Schtroul
Johan Leysen
as Schmecht
Marian Stan
as Man In The Synagogue
Savel Stiopul
as Fourth Wise Man
Sanda Toma
as Yossi's Mother
Michel Vanderlinden
as Second Resistant
Razvan Vasilescu
as The Tzigan Colonel
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Critic Reviews for Train of Life

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (6)

Deep and poignant.

Jan 7, 2010 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Plays like a lively farce, full of fun and life, but at the same time tainted with the horror of reality.

May 26, 2006 | Full Review…

The marketers would have you believe that Train of Life is a touching, thought-provoking masterpiece. For sixty seconds it's exactly that.

Apr 2, 2001 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Its international appeal lies in Mihaileanu's wonderful screenplay, which is both profound and funny, a rare combination in any work of art.

Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…

An often amusing parody that more closely resembles "Hogan's Heroes" than "Life is Beautiful."

Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

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Superb film.

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