EW Staff
August 13, 1999 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Those Who Love Me Can Take the Train

Current Status
In Season
Vincent Perez, Jean-Louis Trintignant
Drama, Foreign Language

We gave it a B

Echoing the final wish of a dying man, Those Who Love Me Can Take the Train is a mouthful of a title for a sprawling, who’s-booping-whom soap opera by the operatically inclined French filmmaker Patrice Chéreau (”Queen Margot”). And so, voilà, the first half of this engagingly random, very European journey of laissez-faire group therapy takes place on the rails as friends, family, and lovers of the difficult but admired late bisexual painter Jean-Baptiste (French national treasure Jean-Louis Trintignant) chug along, each in charge of a melodramatic subplot of his or her own.

At the home of the deceased, the very yakety, pansexual, late-’90s wake provides more drama. But no mourner is so dramatique as Viviane, who is played by Vincent Perez (”Indochine”), tweaking his hetero-romantic movie-star image by laying it on as a transsexual. If Perez goes a little too too in full drag, he’s no more emotive than the rest of this clan, all of whom would look right at home on ABC following ”One Life to Live.”

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