A mysterious stranger, Milan steps off a train in a place he has never been to before. Looking for a pharmacy to buy some aspirin for a raging headache, he comes across a retired school teacher, Manesquier. The two men are complete opposites. Or at least they seem to be. But each man realises that what he really always wanted is the life of the other man. This 'emotional relationship between two heterosexual men is such a difficult and unusual thing to dramatise - but Leconte brings it off with delicacy and persuasive charm,' write The Guardian.
Comedy? More Pathos.
- The Man on the Train review by JD
Although the main plot is the bringing together of 2 very different men whose characters eventually cross into the others; much of the film is just an analysis of their personalities. I found it quite sad, and any comedy (as it is advertised) is very dark. I liked the unusualness of the ideas and the characters are extremely intriguing. Do all French films have a mistress in? Maybe it is a requirement. This one was a bored mistress. If you like the idea of French Pathos, strongly recommended.