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.
Genre: Foreign Language, Drama; Starring: Johnny Hallyday, Jean Rochefort; Director: Patrice Leconte; Release Date Limited: 05/09/2003; Status: In Season; Runtime (in minutes): 90; MPAA Rating: R; Distributor: Paramount Classics
Posted May 7 2003 — 12:00 AM EDT
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