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Train of Life (1998)

Train de vie (original title)
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.

Director:

Radu Mihaileanu
10 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lionel Abelanski ... Shlomo
Rufus ... Mordechai
Clément Harari Clément Harari ... The Rabbi
Michel Muller ... Yossi
Agathe de La Fontaine ... Esther
Johan Leysen ... Schmecht
Bruno Abraham-Kremer Bruno Abraham-Kremer ... Yankele
Marie-José Nat ... Sura
Gad Elmaleh ... Manzatou
Serge Kribus Serge Kribus ... Schtroul
Michel Israël Michel Israël ... Sage 3 (as Michel Israel)
Rodica Sanda Tutuianu Rodica Sanda Tutuianu ... Golda
Sanda Toma Sanda Toma ... Mere de Yossi
Zwi Kanar Zwi Kanar ... Lilenfeld
Razvan Vasilescu ... The Tzigan Colonel
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Storyline

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... Written by <spillo@maya.dei.unipd.it>

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Más intensa que La vida es bella... (Mexico)

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some sexuality and nudity | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Language:

French | German

Release Date:

16 September 1998 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Train of Life See more »

Filming Locations:

Romania See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$98,687

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,311,162
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The footage of the train exterior and interior was actually second unit footage filmed for what was supposed to have been the Puppet Wars mini-trilogy, spun-off from the popular DTV horror series Puppet Master. See more »

Connections

Spoofs Titanic (1997) See more »

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Cine iubeste si lasa
Written by Maria Tanase
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Great Movie ..
2 March 2004 | by kiraviSee all my reviews

I saw this movie on Showtime, after a late night shift. Never went looking for it. I found the movie reveting.

I saw some comments about "Life is Beautiful", and the comparison. A more apt comparison would be, I believe to "Fiddler on the Roof". In the same sense, perhaps not as musical though, the story seems to weave through the life and times of a community facing oncoming winds of change.

In a way, with the arguments of the imitation Nazis, and the "revolutionary" communists, the pattern of life is both touchingly human, and comically sarcastic of how men are "seemingly" separated with each other.

Although the Jewish communal environment seeps through the wonderful story, the later union with the gypsies who are also seeking a haven, relents to truly human and comic parody of the WWII era.


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