The Girl on the Train (La Fille du RER)

Rated NR 105 min. 2010

In and around contemporary Paris, a disaffected young woman named Jeanne (Émilie Dequenne) tries to cover up her complicity in a violent incident by falsely claiming to police she was the target of an anti-Semitic assault on the Métro. This leads to larger trouble with Jeanne’s mother (Catherine Deneuve, doing her best under the circumstances), the mother’s Jewish activist friend (Michel Blanc), and the activist’s family. It also leads to a narrative dead end for director André Téchiné, stuck with a quasi-political potboiler of a character study written by Odile Barski and Jean-Marie Besset. Téchiné has made several films with topical jumping-off points (The Witnesses, Strayed, Wild Reeds, etc.) but they generally held together better than this forced-feeling drama, which nevertheless boasts competent perfs by Deneuve, Blanc, Israeli performer Ronit Elkabetz, and Nicolas Duvauchelle as Franck, Jeanne’s shady boyfriend (105 min.).

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Director: André Téchiné

Writer: Odile Barski and Jean-Marie Besset

Producer: Saïd Ben Saïd

Cast: Catherine Deneuve, Émilie Dequenne, Nicolas Duvauchelle, Michel Blanc and David Barbas

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