By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Updated March 17, 2020 at 02:53 AM EDT
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Man on the Train

B-
type
  • Movie

In an unlikely novelty pairing, two aging rulers of the French pop-culture kingdom get to admire each other’s crowns in Man on the Train, an autumnal movie about an unlikely novelty pairing of a vagabond bank robber and a retired schoolteacher in a small French burg. Grizzled rock & roll star Johnny Hallyday — known to his peeps as ”the French Elvis” — plays a cool, taciturn loner in a leather jacket, who blows into town to knock off a local bank; durable leading man Jean Rochefort — known to those who saw ”Lost in La Mancha” as Don Quixote — plays a garrulous bachelor bored by his life of routine in a house cluttered with tchotchkes. The premise, the structure, and the men-at-twilight conversation in Patrice Leconte’s ingratiating drama feel cloyingly predetermined at times, but the sight of Hallyday and Rochefort luxuriating in their contrasting manly personas is a kick.

Man on the Train

type
  • Movie
genre
mpaa
  • R
runtime
  • 90 minutes
director
  • Patrice Leconte

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