"Man on the Train"
Directed by Patrice Leconte
Jean Rochefort and French rock star Johnny Hallyday deliver perfect performances in Patrice Lecontes' look at two very different
men who long for another life. A criminal (Hallyday) and a retired poetry
teacher (Rochefort, who won a Best Actor Award at the 2002 Venice Film
Festival) meet at a train station in a sleepy French village and, as their
friendship grows, each develops a desire to trade his life and experiences
for that of the other. Winner of the Best Picture Audience Award at the 2002
Venice Film Festival. "The movie -- simple, pure and powerful -- makes us
feel the intensity of both life in transit and life lived, if only for a
moment, in another's skin" (Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune).