About the Film
Director: Patrice Leconte
Actors: Jean Rochefort, Johnny Hallyday, Jean-François Stévenin
About the FilmTwo men from two different walks of life develop an unexpected friendship in French director Patrice Leconte's 2002 comedy-drama The Man on the Train. Weary from his trip and in anticipation of the heist he's about to perform, Milan (French rock star Johnny Hallyday) steps off the train after arriving in the small town where he's to meet his co-conspirators and heads straight to the town pharmacy. After accidentally buying the wrong product, Milan makes the acquaintance of retired teacher Manesquier (Jean Rochefort), who offers to help the traveler and then promptly begins talking ad nauseum. Milan, after paying partial attention to the old man's ramblings, excuses himself to find accommodations -- only to run into Manesquier once more after learning that the hotel has closed for the night. As the two men talk, they develop a respect for one another, as well as a secret longing to live the type of lifestyle the other man lives based on the desire to escape their own. The Man on the Train gained positive notice after being selected for competition in the 2002 Venice Film Festival, as well as for the 2002 Toronto Film Festival.
Patrice Leconte's fanciful odd-couple drama oozes flavorful, provincial atmosphere.– Jan Stuart, Newsday
The movie has the kind of texture and depth that will make true movie-lovers sigh with the pure cinematic, human grace of it all.- Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press
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