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Saturday, July 31, 2010
Train of Life
Entertaining, Thought-Provoking, Funny and Sad
This is a World War II Jewish Holocaust comedy, if you can believe it. It is in French w/subtitles and it concerns a little Jewish village that knows the Nazis are coming to deport their village. Everyone is panic-stricken until the village idiot has a brilliant idea - the village should get a train and "deport" themselves all of the way to Palestine. The movie is all about their purchase of a dilapidated old train, its refurbishment into a Nazi-style train and their escape across Europe and the chase by the Nazis.
Along the way, there are all kinds of humorous encounters with Nazis, the French Resistance, Gypsies and Communists. Parts of it are "Keystone cops" and parts of it are "Monty Python-esque".
I will not tell you how it ends, because the ending packs a powerful emotional punch. However, I do wholeheartedly recommend the movie.
I rate this movie 5 stars out of 5.
Reviewed August 7, 2004.