In 1941, the inhabitants of a small Jewish village in Central Europe organize a fake deportation train so that they can escape the Nazis and flee to Palestine.
|Original Title||:||Train de vie|
|Release Date||:||September 16, 1998|
|Genres||:||Drama, Comedy, War|
|Production Company||:||Canal Plus, Centre National de la Cinématographie|
|Production Countries||:||Belgium, Germany, France, Israel, Netherlands, Romania|
|Casts||:||Lionel Abelanski, Rufus, Clément Harari, Agathe de La Fontaine, Michel Muller, Johan Leysen, Bruno Abraham-Kremer, Gad Elmaleh, Marie-José Nat|
|Plot Keywords||:||concentration camp, holocaust, jewish life, deportation, jew, nazis, eastern europe, fool, village, nazi germany, train|
Despite a really annoying audience of noisy senior citizens I got into the spirit of "Train of Life (Train de vie)" (though it was odd having the shtetl residents in a foreign-language film speak French until I realized of course in "Jakob the Liar" Robin Williams and Liev Schreiber speak English so why not in a Belgian/Romanian-produced movie wouldn't they speak French?).
It has the immediate feel of the magic realism of "The Milagro Beanfields War" and it no more cheapens the Holocaust than "The Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" cheapens the Civil War. It is full of the warmth and love of everyday life and personalities come sweetly to life.
I thought the Fool as the Seer was getting a bit much until it's made clear he's not really the Village Idiot so no heavy-handed symbolism.(originally written 11/14/1999)