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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


    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…

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    Actors (12)

    Production and distribution (5)

    Executive Producer :

    Ciné B

    Foreign production company :

    Pandora Film

    French distribution :

    Pathé Films

    Co-productions :

    Zoulou Films, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Cinéma, FCC

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    Pathé Films

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    International releases (22)

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    Photos (4)

    Full credits (19)

    Executive Producer :

    Philippe Carcassonne

    Foreign Producer :

    Carl Clifton

    Line Producer :

    Christophe Audeguis

    Director of Photography :

    Jean-Marie Dreujou

    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

    Sound recordists :

    Paul Lainé, Jean Goudier, Dominique Hennequin

    Screenwriter :

    Claude Klotz

    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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    Dolby SRD

    Posters (4)


    News (14)

    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

    BFI London Film Festival - 2002

    BFI London Film Festival (Great Britain, 2002)


    Films selected

    FIFF - 2002

    FIFF (Belgium, 2002)


    Preview screenings

    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

    Audience Award : Jean Rochefort

    Delegations (4)