The Girl on the Train
The Girl on the Train – Movie Review
A drama centered on a young woman who claims she was the target of an anti-Semetic attack and the subsequent media sensation it creates.
The Girl on the Train is a film by Andre Techine. The story is based on a very famous newspaper article that was written in France in 2004 about a young woman who made up a anti-Semitic attack. She said that six youths attacked her on a train, and wrote swastikas on her stomach. The movie is much more complicated than that, and is much less linear. We meet a couple who is divorced, and fighting over their son. Then we meet a couple who were almost lovers during the resistance, but not anymore, and it turns out that the male is the grandfather of the 13-year-old who’s parents are divorced, and the woman is, supposedly the mother, although she’s clearly old enough to be the grandmother, of the young woman that we see roller blading who is pursued by young men also on roller blades, and they end up living together. I suppose it’s supposed to be an interwoven story. So what it seems like is just kind of a random movie that is very French. I don’t know if it’s about love, or about relationships, or about trust, or about anti-semitism for that matter. It is French with English subtitles. It seems to be overly complicated and the telling of it is actually much more coherent than the seeing of it. So, two stars.