The Girl on the Train

Film, Drama
4 out of 5 stars

Time Out says

4 out of 5 stars

Known primarily for his bookish studies of family discord, 67-year-old French director André Téchiné (‘The Witnesses’, ‘Strayed’) has said that ‘The Girl on the Train’ is his ‘action movie’. But don’t expect a hysterical riposte to ‘Transformers 2’. Beyond numerous shots of the film’s star

Emilie Dequenne

(‘Rosetta’, pictured right) gliding around on rollerblades and a scene involving a knife attack in a warehouse, Téchiné fans can rest easy. Instead, the film uses these nuggets of action to tell a satisfying and illusive tale about the psychological knock-ons of trauma, the media’s readiness to exploit controversy and how it’s easier to tell a lie than maintain it. Dequenne is superb as Jeanne, a free spirit who unwisely reacts to a tragedy by inventing a situation which suggests she is the victim of a violent race-hate attack. Téchiné regulars

Catherine Deneuve


Michel Blanc

offer strong support as Jeanne’s mother and boss, but the film’s big strength is its unwillingness to dish out easy answers.



Release details

Release date:
Friday June 4 2010
105 mins

Cast and crew

André Téchiné
Catherine Deneuve
Emilie Dequenne
Michel Blanc
Mathieu Demy
Nicolas Duvauchelle
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