Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square

The Girl On the Train
(La Fille du RER)

Year: 2009
Country: FRANCE
Language: French
Run Time: 101 minutes

The Girl On the Train
The Girl On the Train
The Girl On the Train
The Girl On the Train
The Girl On the Train

Above the suburbs of Paris, commuter trains run day and night. Below them a young woman named Jeanne skates through tunnels and alongside the river, approaching the house she shares with her mother. Jeanne and her mother Louise, played by Catherine Deneuve, are good friends. But while Jeanne vaguely seems to be looking for herself, she doesn't seem to be finding much. Supposedly out job-hunting, she's actually skating around town or having sex with an intense wrestler named Franck. Louise tries to get her daughter employment with her own former lover Bleistein, now a successful lawyer. But after a shocking incident halts her relationship with Franck, Jeanne fabricates a monstrous story, claiming she's been attacked on a train by immigrant youths who mistook her for a Jew. Though no one who knows her believes her, the public is outraged and the media decry the scandal. Based on a true event from 2004, THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN "became the mirror of all French fears," according to director and screenwriter Téchiné. (In French with subtitles) – B.B.

CIFF34 Screenings

Wednesday, March 24, 2010 at 7:10 PM

Thursday, March 25, 2010 at 4:25 PM

Odile Barski, André Téchiné, Jean-Marie Besset (based on Besset’s play “R.E.R.”

André Téchiné

André Téchiné has had a long and distinguished career that places him among the best post-New Wave French film directors.

"Paulina is Leaving" (1969), "The Bronte Sisters" (1979), "Hotel America" (1981), "Rendez-vous" (1985), "The Innocents" (1987), "Wild Reeds" (1994), "Thieves" (1996), "Alice and Martin" (1998), "Far" (2001), "Strayed" (2003), "Changing Times" (2004), "The Witnesses" (2007), THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN (2009)

Saïd Ben Saïd

Julien Hirsch

Martine Giordano

Principal Cast
Émilie Dequenne, Michel Blanc, Catherine Deneuve, Mathieu Demy, Ronit Elkabetz, Nicolas Duvauchelle, Jérémy Quaegebeur, Djibril Pavadé, Alain Cauchi

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