Train of life

Train of life

DVD - 2012 | French
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The year is 1941, and a tiny Jewish community in France is faced with some shocking news: the Nazis are coming. But Shlomo, the not-so-foolish village idiot, has a plan; before the Germans can dispatch them to camps, the townspeople will 'deport' themselves - to freedom. In a daring race against time, they build their own train and, masquerading as Nazis and their prisoners, attempt one of the greatest escapes in history.

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iplay2
May 24, 2019

I really loved this movie. However, I can understand where some people can easily misunderstand what the real theme of this movie is. The movie is not about the Holocaust per se. The movie is about the Jewish culture and the Jewish sense of humor. If you are Jewish and grew up with it, you will get it immediately. I am not so sure that those who haven't been exposed to the culture will appreciate the humor as much as those who come from that culture. However, the end of the movie really should solidify that for the viewer. Those who took the movie too literally without realizing what the very last scene in the movie was trying to convey will not understand the essence of the message and might see the humor in it as inappropriate.

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Liber_vermis
Feb 25, 2019

Is it appropriate to make Hogan's Heroes-style fun of the Shoah? Should we laugh at clownish representations of national stereotypes? Is this movie deprecating real Holocaust trains such as Katszner's Train? Is the gratuitous nudity, well, simply gratuitous? Does the ending justify the means? For a reality check, watch the movie "The Pianist".

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empbee
Sep 30, 2017

A dream of a village making its escape from deportation by their own "railway" to the land of hope in Palestine. The inhabitants can be of any country. It is a tragicomedy with no happy or clearly tragic ending, but it is not hard to imagine the fate of the villagers.

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akirakato
Jan 29, 2016

This is a tragicomedy directed by Radu Mihaileanu, originally produced as a motion picture in 1998.
It tells the story of an eastern European Jewish village's plan to escape the Holocaust.
With ternderness, suspense and hilarity, you'll certainly laugh your head off.
And in the end, you will come across a lunatic surprise.
In any case, you'll for sure love it.

carlcav Dec 15, 2012

The humour is hit-and-miss but "Train Of Life" is often poignant nonetheless. Worth trying if you enjoyed "Life Is Beautiful".

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