Train de Vie (Train of Life)
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Radu Mihaileanu directed this French-Belgian-Romanian-Dutch comedy-drama, set in Central Europe during the summer of 1941. Yiddish-speaking Jews purchase a train, forge identity papers, and leave town. Posing as both prisoners and Nazis, they hope to reach Palestine via the Soviet Union, but problems arise when they encounter real Germans. To make matters worse, resistance fighters plan to dynamite the train. Made in Romania with French and German dialogue, this film won an international critics prize at the 1998 Venice Film Festival. ~ Bhob Stewart, Rovi
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 64%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Deep and poignant."
‑ Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com
"Its international appeal lies in Mihaileanu's wonderful screenplay, which is both profound and funny, a rare combination in any work of art."
‑ Maria Garcia, Film Journal International
"Plays like a lively farce, full of fun and life, but at the same time tainted with the horror of reality."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"An often amusing parody that more closely resembles Hogan's Heroes than Life is Beautiful."
‑ David N. Butterworth, rec.arts.movies.reviews
"The marketers would have you believe that Train of Life is a touching, thought-provoking masterpiece. For sixty seconds it's exactly that."
‑ Andrew Howe, eFilmCritic.com
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