L'Homme Du Train from Pathé

Pathé Distribution Ltd have announced the UK Region 2 DVD release of L’Homme Du Train (The Man on the Train) for 22nd September 2003 with a retail price of £19.99. Directed by Patrice Leconte L'Homme Du Train stars Johnny Hallyday and Jean Rochefort in a tale of friendship, belonging and destiny between an ageing man and a reluctant criminal.

Expect a barebones DVD release that presents the film in 2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen with French DD5.1 Surround and optional English subtitles.

From the PR:

Notorious criminal, Milan (Hallyday), arrives at a deserted train station in a sleepy French provincial town. In search of some aspirin to ease a raging headache, he meets lonely pensioner Manesquier and, with no where to stay, Milan accepts the old man’s offer of shelter.

Monsieur Manesquier (Rochefort) is a retired schoolteacher with a passion for poetry who lives alone in a rambling old mansion on the outskirts of the town. Desperate for company and conversation, he sees something in Milan that he finds intensely intriguing. With the old man as chatty and congenial as Milan is mean and moody, the two develop a strange friendship and respect for each others ways.

Each has his own secret; at the end of the week Milan plans to rob the local bank and Manesquier is to undergo serious heart surgery. As their dates with destiny approach, each man finds himself envying the other. Manesquier longs to have an interesting life again, and has a dream of holding up the quiet town bank to create some excitement in his otherwise empty world. Milan, on the other hand, longs to sit by the fire and have a quiet life away from the danger and pressures of the criminal world.

Directed by Patrice Leconte and with a beautiful original score by Pascal Esteve, L’Homme Du Train delivers an intimate, witty yet wistful, often tragic and tense account of two lives unexpectedly intertwined and changed for the better. Theatrically released to wide critical acclaim, L’Homme Du Train is a must for lovers of classic cinema and those who believe in life eternal.

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