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The Girl on the Train


The Girl on the Train
André Téchiné, 2009
May 7, 2010–May 20, 2010
“The film can be described as a character study or a fictionalized slice of terribly real life. Mostly, though, it is an inquiry into the mysteries of other people.”—Manohla Dargis, New York Times

Based on a true-life girl-who-cried wolf incident, The Girl on the Train tells the story of a young woman who claimed to be the victim of an anti-Semitic attack on a Parisian train in 2004, only to be exposed as a liar when her tale failed to add up. The story became a frenzied media sensation in France, but the acclaimed filmmaker André Techiné (Wild Reeds) has used the incident to explore the mysteries of human behavior while subtly addressing the thorny social issues that the event addressed. Émilie Dequenne, who won the Best Actress prize at the 1999 Cannes Film Festival as the title character in the Dardenne Brothers’ Rosetta, gives a smoldering, subtle performance as the young woman. Also with Catherine Deneuve (in her sixth movie with Techiné) and Michel Blanc. (110 mins., 35mm)

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