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      The Girl on the Train

      2009 1h 45m Drama List
      76% Tomatometer 63 Reviews 42% Audience Score 1,000+ Ratings A young woman (Émilie Dequenne) causes an uproar when she falsely claims to be the victim of an anti-Semitic attack. Read More Read Less

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      It's a bit of a comedown for director André Téchiné, but this fact-based drama raises some thorny questions -- and benefits from strong performances by Catherine Deneuve and Emilie Dequenne.

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      Ed Koch The Atlantic Baloney. The movie is made up of unfulfilled possibilities. Some of the scenes are interesting, but a film with a solid story it is not. Jan 13, 2018 Full Review Ben Kenigsberg Time Out Rated: 3/5 Nov 17, 2011 Full Review Adam Woodward Little White Lies Andr Tchin's spellbinding storytelling glosses over the issue somewhat, but never deplorably so. Rated: 3/5 Jun 4, 2010 Full Review Rene Jordan El Nuevo Herald (Miami) Demands effort in mental concentration to remember whether you saw it or dreamt it. [Full review in Spanish] Oct 11, 2022 Full Review Felicia Feaster Charleston City Paper The film can feel slight, unmoored, and absent of something insightful to say about what this girl's act means for her or contemporary France. Jan 22, 2020 Full Review David Harris Spectrum Culture Unfortunately, the Bleistein plot breaks the trajectory of Jeanne's story. Rated: 2.5/5 Oct 12, 2019 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Audience Member After all these years, I still can't quite get along that, there are way too many agenda being included in a film from French Cinema, especially when the story is told in a very serious, uptight tone with spontaneous narrative & so-called "natural" acting. This is just an example. Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 02/04/23 Full Review Audience Member An interesting story, with tons of questions and few answers. Well told but nothing exceptional. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/03/23 Full Review Audience Member "La Fille du RER" or "The Girl on the Train" is a tough nut to crack. On one side, it's a tidy, neat treat from the delicious tastes of French cinema; yet on the other, it's a film that raises a potentially very compelling and controversial topic but merely glosses over it and does just about nothing with it. It's hard to discredit it completely though, because it does have Catherine Deneuve in a leading role, and the talent of André Téchiné at the helm. The film focuses on Jeanne (Émilie Dequenne), a pretty but troubled young woman who floats aimlessly throughout life, with her supportive mother (Deneuve) always in the wings. Jeanne's life suddenly becomes a little more exciting when brooding wrester/thug Franck (Nicolas Duvaunchelle) charms her. She moves in with them, they begin dating, and then they get a sweet gig working as caretakers for a warehouse that actually is filled with drugs (which is unknown to Jeanne). After Franck is stabbed by an impatient junkie, Jeanne barely escapes getting arrested, and even worse, Franck wants nothing to do with her. If we didn't know Jeanne was fragile before, now we do, because suddenly, after hearing many stories similar on TV, she fabricates a story in which a group of strangers attack her because they believe she's Jewish. But why does she do it? At one glance, "La Fille du RER" works well in the sense that it's realistic, and it makes for a somewhat involving piece of drama. Téchiné directs every scene with style and flair, but never overdoes it, while the score is unsettling but just as mysterious as the characters themselves. From a technical standpoint, the film is gorgeous, but it doesn't have much more to offer than that. Dequenne and Deneuve are both excellent though; Dequenne manages to make Jeanne seem a bit troubled without ever once overdoing it, while Deneuve it heartbreaking as the caring mother that doesn't know how to deal with the mess her daughter has made. They make use of what little they have to work with, and it's disappointing they couldn't have been in a better film than this. The pacing and story just feels imbalance-- almost 3/4 of the film are taken just to explain the relationship between Jeanne and Franck, and Jeanne and her mother, and how it could have molded her into a crazed mess. By the time the actual "hate-crime" idea comes along, there's a mere half-hour left, which doesn't give the viewer any time to fully absorb what's happening. The topic itself it subtly skimmed over, and resolved so quickly that hardly any drama occurs. Everything in the film feels way undercooked-- even with just twenty more minutes, it could've broadened its ideas a little bit and eventually become a better film. But instead, it's stuck in a world where style comes over substance. "La Fille du RER" is a decent French thriller, but it isn't as good as it should be, considering the subject matter. Only for the biggest fans of either Deneuve or Téchiné, or both. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/03/23 Full Review Audience Member It's pretty fascinating. Probably the best word I have for it. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/25/23 Full Review Audience Member Beautifully shot, this moralistic drama is visually and emotionally intriguing. The use of different camera movements, changing between hand held, long shots and close ups are used to create intense drama. Also, the repetition of imagery and even use of dual exposure creates a visual emotional language that communicates the drama in this film. It is based on an actual case, although adapted. The performances are good especially Emilie Dequenne as Jeanne, creating an intense emotional narrative, that like most French films leaves much open and ambiguous and thus all the more interesting. Overall this film is superbly shot and brings up some interesting religious, political, moral and social issues. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/21/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Movie Info

      Synopsis A young woman (Émilie Dequenne) causes an uproar when she falsely claims to be the victim of an anti-Semitic attack.
      Director
      André Téchiné
      Producer
      Saïd Ben Saïd
      Screenwriter
      Odile Barski, Jean-Marie Besset, André Téchiné
      Genre
      Drama
      Original Language
      French (France)
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Jan 26, 2017
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $207.3K
      Runtime
      1h 45m
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