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The Girl on the Train [DVD] [2009]

Émilie Dequenne , Catherine Deneuve , André Téchiné    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
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  • Actors: Émilie Dequenne, Catherine Deneuve, Michel Blanc, Mathieu Demy, Ronit Elkabetz
  • Directors: André Téchiné
  • Format: PAL, Widescreen, Colour, Subtitled
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Soda Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 27 Sep 2010
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 77,790 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Jeanne (Emilie Dequenne) lives in a house in the suburbs with her mother Louise (Catherine Deneuve). The two women get on well together. Louise earns her living by looking after children. Jeanne is half-heartedly looking for a job. Louise harbours the hope of getting her daughter a job with Samuel Bleistein (Michel Blanc), a famous lawyer whom she knew in her youth, but Jeanne and Bleistein's worlds are light years apart. They'll be set on a collision course, however, because of an incredible lie that Jeanne invents, a lie that grows into the biggest news and political story of the day.

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The girl behind the lie 17 Jun 2010
In this story set in Paris, we get to know two very different families and see them eventually connect. The first is that of Jeanne, a rather aimless and unmotivated young woman who lives with her mother (Catherine Deneuve) and spends her time roller blading. The second is that of successful lawyer Nathan who is about to celebrate his grandson's bar mitzvah. When Jeanne becomes involved with a low-life creep and does something very foolish, it is Nathan who comes to the rescue.

The movie is based on the true story of a girl who claimed she was attacked on a train because she was Jewish. The nation was shocked and even more outraged when it turned out she made it all up. The movie is made in a pseudo-New Wave style with unsympathetic, isolated characters, abrupt scene cuts, unresolved storylines, and the constant blaring of passing trains. Jeanne's lie was a huge event in France, but here it is merely a part of her outsider's psyche.

If you like stories about complex, non-mainstream characters, this is the movie for you. It is blunt and unapologetic, fascinating and above all, very real.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Circumstances and Consequences 1 Jun 2013
This film is a character study of the mysteries of several lives. It is fiction, based on a true to life case of a young French woman who said she had been attacked on a train by neo-Nazi antisemites. After a bit she confessed she had made the whole thing up. It seems it is much easier to tell a lie than to maintain it.

Emilie Dequenne is Jeanne, who lives in the outskirts of Paris and is looking for a job as a secretary. Her mother Louise, played by Catherine Deneuve, cares for children. Louise understands the resumes written by Jeanne are full of spelling errors and badly written. But, Jeanne is independent and wants to find a job on her own. Her daily life consists of rollerblading and we are led to this exercise throughout the film. On one occasion, Jeanne meets a young tough man who is a wrestler.. They move in together and under secretive circumstances make a living. Jeanne is treated badly by this young man and left to find her own way. She is emotionally unable to handle the rejection and makes a tragic mistake.

The film is divided into two parts, circumstances and consequences, each has overlapping characters and themes. The first half describes Jeanne's relationship with her mother and her young man. The second half shows us a Jewish family, the Bleisteins. They become part of the story, as a background into Louise's young life. Mr. Bleistein is a lawyer and had a crush on Louise when she was a young married woman. Louise involves the family when she needs legal assistance for Jeanne. The Bleisteins are a complex, Jewish family with issues of their own. But they are helpful to Jeanne and Louise and in the process come to understand themselves a little more fully.

This is a film of psychological trauma and how we deal with our lot in life.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fateful Freewheeling 29 Dec 2013
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Triggered by the real-life incident of a girl who claimed to be the victim of an anti-semitic attack in Paris, this is a tale of cause and effect, the consequences of a random conjunction of events.

Beautiful but scatty, Jeanne's half-hearted attempts to obtain work as a secretary lead by chance to an interview at the office of successful Jewish lawyer Samuel Bleistein, sometime admirer of her widowed mother played by Catherine Deneuve. Jeanne's habit of rollerblading everywhere, red hair blowing in the wind, brings her to the notice of an enigmatic, uncomfortably direct and determined young man, Frank. Through a sequence of events, we see how Jeanne is driven to take a dramatic course of action but her motivation for this remained unclear to me.

Beautifully shot with many passing insights into human behaviour and relations, some moments of humour, shock over unexpected violence, or pathos (such as sympathy for Bleistein's grandson Nathan with his self-absorbed, capricious parents), the film has a fragmented quality, and one observes it without feeling very moved. Although the sense of building up to some kind of dramatic climax held my attention, the rather flat, admittedly realistic ending left me feeling a little dissatisfied.
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French screenwriter and director André Téchiné`s eighteenth feature film which he co-wrote with French author and screenwriter Odile Barski and French playwright and translator Jean-Marie Besset, is an adaptation of a play from 2007 by Jean-Marie Besset and inspired by real events which took place in France in the early 2000s. It premiered in France, was screened in the French Revolutions section at the 53rd BFI London Film Festival in 2009, was shot on locations in France and is a French production which was produced by producer Saïd Ben Saïd. It tells the story about a woman named Jeanne who lives in Paris, France with her mother named Louise and whom is thinking about travelling to Italy whilst her mother is making other plans for her.

Distinctly and precisely directed by French filmmaker André Téchiné, this finely paced and somewhat fictional tale which is narrated from multiple viewpoints though mostly from the main character`s point of view, draws a multifaceted portrayal of a French daughter in her twenties whom whilst out looking for a suitcase meets a man named Franck, and a son named Nathan whom is caught somewhere between his divorced parents. While notable for its naturalistic and atmospheric milieu depictions, reverent cinematography by French cinematographer Julien Hirsch, production design by production designer Michèle Abbé-Vannier, costume design by costume designer Khadya Zeggaï and use of sound, colors and light, this character-driven and narrative-driven story about lies, misunderstandings and the occasions leading up to a woman`s response to learning about the Holocaust, depicts an investigative study of character and contains a great and timely score by composer Philippe Sarde.
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