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Man on the Train

Man on the Train

A Feature film by Patrice Leconte

Produced by Ciné B

Release in France : 02/10/2002

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Executive Producer :

Ciné B

Foreign production company :

Pandora Film

French distribution :

Pathé Distribution

Co-productions :

Zoulou Films, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Cinéma, Fcc

Film exports/foreign sales :

Pathé Distribution

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A middle-size city. A station. The close of day. A railcar pulls in and a man exits from it. A guy on his own who has never been here before. He’s called Milan, a big, disillusioned guy with a backpack, as battered as its owner, slung over his shoulder. A drugstore about to close. Milan goes in, looking for soluble aspirin. There he meets Manesquier, a former French teacher who is older than he is. The drugstore’s neon sign is switched off. The two men find themselves outside on the deserted street, both heading in the same direction. Although they have nothing in common – or so it would appear – they find they get on. They take it cautiously, though, and for a simple reason: in a confused kind of way, they both would have liked to have the other’s life. The teacher had dreamed of being an adventurer and the adventurer had pictured himself living a cosy life. In three days, Milan must rob the local branch of a bank. In three days, Manesquier must undergo a triple by-pass. That’s why they’re both nervous. Three days to get to know each other. Three days to indulge in the illusion that another life would have been possible. Three days before the big leap. Just imagine for one second if it all goes wrong…

Photos (4)

Full credits (19)

Executive Producer :

Philippe Carcassonne

Line Producer :

Christophe Audeguis

Foreign Producer :

Carl Clifton

Sound recordists :

Paul Lainé, Jean Goudier, Dominique Hennequin

Camera Operator :

Patrice Leconte

Press Attachés (film) :

André-Paul Ricci, Tony Arnoux

Assistant editors :

Nathalie Amsellem, Fanchon Brulé, Emmanuelle Mimran

Production Designer :

Ivan Maussion

Foley artist :

Pascal Chauvin

Still Photographer :

Catherine Cabrol

Assistant directors :

Olivier Coutard, Anne Gilles

Screenwriter :

Claude Klotz

Director of Photography :

Jean-Marie Dreujou

Assistant Operator :

Renaud Chassaing

Production manager :

Brigitte Faure

Editor :

Joëlle Hache

Continuity supervisor :

Marguerite Perlado

Music Composer :

Pascal Estève

Costume designer :

Annie Périer

Technical details

Feature film

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Sub-genre :

Metaphysical investigation, Film noir

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Coproducer countries :

France, Germany, Great Britain

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Nationality :

Majority French (France, Germany, Great Britain)

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Runtime :

1 h 30 min

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Audio format :

Dolby SRD

Posters (4)


News (14)

Festival Selections (14)

French Film Festival (South Africa) - 2005

French Film Festival (South Africa) (South Africa, 2005)


Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) - 2004

Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) (United States, 2004)


Tribute to Patrice Leconte

Sydney - Film Festival - 2003

Sydney - Film Festival (Australia, 2003)


Official Competition

San Francisco International Film Festival - 2003

San Francisco International Film Festival (United States, 2003)


Golden Gate Award International Competition

Lumiere Awards - 2003

Lumiere Awards (France, 2003)


French Films

TIFF - 2002

TIFF (Canada, 2002)



Venice International Film Festival  - 2002

Venice International Film Festival (Italy, 2002)


Official Competition

Awards (2)

Lumiere Awards - 2003

Lumiere Awards (France, 2003)


Meilleur Acteur : Jean Rochefort

Venice International Film Festival  - 2002

Venice International Film Festival (Italy, 2002)

Awards (2)

Audience Award : Jean Rochefort

Audience Award

Delegations (4)