Those Who Love Me Can Take the Train

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Those Who Love Me Can Take the Train
(Ceux qui m'aiment prendront le train)
Directed by Patrice Chéreau
Produced by Charles Gassot
Jacques Hinstin
Written by Danièle Thompson
Patrice Chéreau
Pierre Trividic
Starring Pascal Greggory
Cinematography Eric Gautier
Edited byFrançois Gédigier
Release date
15 May 1998
Running time
122 minutes
CountryFrance
LanguageFrench
Budget$8.5 million
Box office$3.8 million [1]

Those Who Love Me Can Take the Train (French : Ceux qui m'aiment prendront le train) is a 1998 French drama film directed by Patrice Chéreau and written by Chéreau, Danièle Thompson and Pierre Trividic. It stars Pascal Greggory, Vincent Perez, Charles Berling and Dominique Blanc.

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Plot

The film follows the friends of a recently deceased minor painter Jean-Baptiste Emmerich as they take a train from Paris to Limoges, where he is to be buried, attend his funeral, then gather at the home of his twin brother, Lucien. The mourners include François, who spends the journey listening to a series of taped conversations with the painter; Jean-Marie and Claire, a couple whose marriage has broken down; Emmerich's former lover Lucie; Louis, a close friend of François, and Bruno a young man with whom he has fallen in love. As the train heads south, the travellers watch the car carrying Emmerich's coffin being driven recklessly alongside the train by their friend Thierry. [2]

At the funeral Jean-Marie makes a speech condemning family life, and declares, to Claire's anger, that he will never become a father. At the gathering after the funeral the guests argue about which of them was closest to Emmerich. Claire discovers that a young woman present, Viviane, was actually Emmerich's son Frédéric, who has become a woman. [2]

Background and filming

The inspiration for the film, and its title, came from a request made by the documentary film-maker François Reichenbach to those attending his funeral. [3]

The sequences on the train were filmed over 14 days in two carriages on trains running between Paris and Mulhouse. Interviewed in The Guardian, Patrice Chereau said "You cannot really fabricate the movement of a train in a studio - the actors and the camera moving at the same time. We needed to have the real energy of that journey". [3] Reviewing the film for Sight & Sound , Chris Darke said "the journey to Limoges is a triumph both of exposition and choreography.....Éric Gautier's use of handheld 'Scope cinematography gives the feeling of both buffeting movement and swooping detail." [2]

Cast

Awards and nominations

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References

  1. http://www.jpbox-office.com/fichfilm.php?id=3101
  2. 1 2 3 "Those Who Love Me Can Take the Train (1998)". Sight and Sound. British Film Institute. Retrieved 12 October 2013.
  3. 1 2 Lennon, Peter (18 August 2000). "Those Who Love Me Can Take the Train". The Guardian. Retrieved 12 October 2013.
  4. "Festival de Cannes: Those Who Love Me Can Take the Train". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 2009-09-28.