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Jules, an ex-railwayman, goes bananas and holds ten inhabitants of a small suburb of Lyon hostage. But Jules is no better at playing the hero than he is at driving trains. In fact it’s the hostages, rather than him, who discover in themselves an unsuspected talent for casting off their obedient little suburban facades.
We filmed for five consecutive weeks, from 5 p.m. to 9 a.m. in Arbresles station, about 30 kilometres from Lyon. All the actors were present on the set even when they weren’t being filmed, which made us look and feel like a theatre troupe and also gave us a lot of freedom. We tried to film the story in sequence as much as possible. This togetherness, accentuated by the night-time atmosphere, had a big influence on the film. It certainly helped to engender the feeling of solidarity which comes across in the film. (Stéphane Clavier)