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  • Summary: Jeanne lives in a house in the suburbs with her mother Louise. The two women get on well together. Louise earns her living by looking after children. Jeanne is half-heartedly looking for a job. Louise harbors the hope of getting her daughter a job with Samuel Bleistein, a famous lawyer whomJeanne lives in a house in the suburbs with her mother Louise. The two women get on well together. Louise earns her living by looking after children. Jeanne is half-heartedly looking for a job. Louise harbors the hope of getting her daughter a job with Samuel Bleistein, a famous lawyer whom she knew in her youth. Jeanne's and Bleistein's worlds are light years apart. However, they'll be set on a collision course because of an incredible lie that Jeanne invents, a lie that grows into the biggest news and political story of the day. (Strand Releasing) Expand
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  1. Presented with an economy and emotional cool that add to, rather than subtract from, its dramatic impact, The Girl on the Train reverberates with a quiet, seductive power.
  2. 83
    Given several years’ distance from the media blitz, Téchiné brings clarity, maturity, and perspective to the case while still subtly addressing all the thorny social issues the affair touched off.
  3. 75
    Belgian actress Émilie Dequenne gives a smoldering performance as Jeanne.
  4. Reviewed by: Ella Taylor
    70
    For better or worse, there isn't a human experience that French director André Téchiné can resist lathering into a tone poem.
  5. Téchiné has made a half-captivating, half-baffling tease of a movie in which one woman's destructive whim has the effect of making anti-Semitism look like a myth. It's a distortion that Téchiné, with a passivity bordering on perversity, does nothing to dispel.
  6. Although this stylish and ominously paced vehicle starts with a full itinerary, it never makes a vital connection.
  7. Techine glosses over the story’s most potent issue: France’s complicated relationship with its Jewish community.

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  1. RichardB.
    May 17, 2010
    1
    Once again the critics got it wrong. This movie is a cure for insomnia. The story is weak, there's no suspense, the characters are Once again the critics got it wrong. This movie is a cure for insomnia. The story is weak, there's no suspense, the characters are uninteresting. Avoid this turkey. Expand

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