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Three interwoven stories set during a train journey to Rome explore interpersonal relationships.
Publisher: Chicago : Facets Video, 2005.
Branch Call Number: DVD FIC Ticke
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (115 min.) : digital, sound, color ; 12 cm + 1 booklet.
Language Note: In English, Italian and Farsi with English subtitles.

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calvoer
Mar 07, 2017

I really loved this movie. Depressing? I didn't think so. Three integrated segments that shine a light on passengers in different parts of the train, who carry different burdens. The first segment about a wealthy elderly Italian professor sets the scene. Dreamlike, it goes on mostly in his head with reveries about his past and current fantasies but ends with a simple act of kindness to a refugee family who, seatless, hang out in between the cars. The energy revs up in the second part, as the ailing widow of a general abuses her assigned aide (he’s doing some sort of “national service” in Italy) and also makes life miserable for everyone else, which ends with her aide making a decision about his life. In the raucous final segment, three supermarket employee soccer jocks from Scotland end up having to make a moral decision about the refugees.

Green_Bird_203 Mar 25, 2015

4 & a half stars for Ken Roach's segment. The rest are more or less 2 stars.

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Nursebob
Feb 06, 2015

Three great directors give us three interrelated stories, all of which unfold on a train bound for Rome. An aging professor is returning home from a medical conference in Germany where he was smitten by a beautiful younger woman he met only briefly. Lost in a series of pleasant reveries about what might have been he begins to compose a rambling letter to her, a task that causes him to review his own life. Meanwhile, in another car, a truculent older woman has a series of ridiculous arguments with some fellow passengers while her handsome 25-year old assistant (boy-toy?) sneaks off in order to chat up a sweet young girl from his past. When the inevitable blow-up happens between the two of them she must face some uncomfortable truths about herself. Lastly, a group of coarse but well-meaning Scottish soccer lads on their way to a world cup game are having no luck whatsoever when it comes to tickets and chicks. But when fate places them in an ethical quandary involving a family of Albanian refugees they find themselves having to make one of the most difficult decisions of their young lives. I love the metaphor of a train; it’s a perfectly contained microcosm traveling along a preordained track yet there is always room for the unexpected. Here Kiarostami, Loach, and Olmi use it as a vehicle to explore the natures of truth and reality, conscience and responsibility. The final destination may be tied up a little too neatly, but the journey is still worth the price of a ticket.

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Monolith
Jan 10, 2014

Three directors helming three completely unrelated vignettes, aside from their all taking place on the same inbound train to Rome. The first two are sensitive pieces, but depressing. Thankfully, the last involving three hilarious young Celtic football fans with big hearts and a bag full of cheese and onion sandwiches salvaged what was well on its way to be a real downer of an indie.

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wongsokguan
Aug 09, 2013

3 directors, 3 stories woven into one movie. Well done.

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ncs1961
Jul 22, 2013

If you love distance long train journeys, these stories will inspire you to hit the rails - very interesting peeks into people's lives. Some shockingly bad but realistic language, some redemption, some confusion, some smiles ... reminds me of the time I took Amtrak to.....

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ncs1961
Jul 22, 2013

ncs1961 thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over

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Monolith
Jan 10, 2014

(The train's ticket collectors are holding Frank at the station in Rome for not paying for one train ticket) Ticket Collector: "The police is coming right now, in a minute." Spaceman: "I know you might not believe me but my mate just gave a poor family his ticket from the third world. That's typical of us Celtic fans, known for our spirit of friendliness. F*ck's sake, we even get awarded the best fans! Traveling fans." Jamesy: "UEFA, man." Spaceman: "Seville, 80,000 Celtic fans, not one arrest." Jamesy: "Not one arrest." Spaceman: "We hold the record for good behaviour. Ambassadors of Sport, that's what we are. And by the way, is this how you f*cking treat VIPs? Jamesy: "We got a load of sandwiches, man. Take the sandwiches and let him go." Spaceman: "Does your wife like cheese and onion sandwiches? I bet you these two f*cking clowns haven't farted out of line in their life."

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