Train of life

Train of life

Train de vie

DVD - 2012 | French
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"Central Europe, WWII. The village fool of a small Jewish community warns the townsfolk that the Nazis are coming, and advises them to build a fake deportation train to cross the Russian border and get to Palestine. Some Jews are dressed up with German uniforms, and soon they start getting strange ideas about how it feels to be a Nazi; others are infected with the fast-spreading germ of communism. Meanwhile, the Russian border gets closer and closer"--Internet movie database, February 20, 2004.
Latest Issue Received: Originally released 1999.
Packaged for English audience.
French ; English subtitles.
Publisher: [France] : Olive Films ; [United States] : Paramount Pictures, [2012]
Copyright Date: ©2012
Call Number: TRAIN
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (103 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
digital, optical, surround, Dolby digital2rda
video file, DVD video, region 1, rda


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Feb 17, 2021

I enjoyed this move. I took it as a bit of fun, not to be taken seriously.

May 24, 2019

I really loved this movie. However, I can understand where some people can easily misunderstand what the real theme of this movie is. The movie is not about the Holocaust per se. The movie is about the Jewish culture and the Jewish sense of humor. If you are Jewish and grew up with it, you will get it immediately. I am not so sure that those who haven't been exposed to the culture will appreciate the humor as much as those who come from that culture. However, the end of the movie really should solidify that for the viewer. Those who took the movie too literally without realizing what the very last scene in the movie was trying to convey will not understand the essence of the message and might see the humor in it as inappropriate.

Feb 25, 2019

Is it appropriate to make Hogan's Heroes-style fun of the Shoah? Should we laugh at clownish representations of national stereotypes? Is this movie deprecating real Holocaust trains such as Katszner's Train? Is the gratuitous nudity, well, simply gratuitous? Does the ending justify the means? For a reality check, watch the movie "The Pianist".

Sep 30, 2017

A dream of a village making its escape from deportation by their own "railway" to the land of hope in Palestine. The inhabitants can be of any country. It is a tragicomedy with no happy or clearly tragic ending, but it is not hard to imagine the fate of the villagers.

Jan 29, 2016

This is a tragicomedy directed by Radu Mihaileanu, originally produced as a motion picture in 1998.
It tells the story of an eastern European Jewish village's plan to escape the Holocaust.
With ternderness, suspense and hilarity, you'll certainly laugh your head off.
And in the end, you will come across a lunatic surprise.
In any case, you'll for sure love it.

carlcav Dec 15, 2012

The humour is hit-and-miss but "Train Of Life" is often poignant nonetheless. Worth trying if you enjoyed "Life Is Beautiful".


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