smARTfilms: I Never Saw It Coming – Man on the Train
Join BIMA for five weeks of films curated by tj Faddis. This series features foreign-language films which contain an astonishing element: a twist in plot or character, an unexpected profound truth, or the whole plot-line is so original that movie-viewers cannot guess where this film will take them. Rest assured, you’ll “never see it coming”, but you’ll be glad to bear witness.
Matinee: 2:00 PM (Does not include facilitated discussion)
Evening: 7:30 PM
Featured Film – Man on the Train
R | 90 mins | 2003 | France
This lovely life-affirming film from Director Patrice Leconte is a touchstone, one where I yearn to re-watch it every 5 years. Milan (Johnny Hallyday) arrives by train in a small French town to find the only hotel is closed for the season. But he finds accommodation via chance meeting with a retired teacher, Manesquier (Jean Rochefort). A relationship develops between these apparent opposites, though looming in the background are two unavoidable events that each is expecting to take… Manesquier is to undergo surgery and Milan is quite secretive about his intended plan.
“Goes from good to great in 90 minutes and then its over, except that its really not, because this small masterwork grows even deeper and more affecting as it takes up permanent residence in your memory.” – Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal