Those who love me can take the train derives its enigmatic title from the response of the charismatic yet tyrannical painter jean-baptiste to protests that the journey from paris to the grand cemetery at limoges for his fu... more »neral will be too far. A great teacher jean-baptiste loved his students who adored him. Studio: Kino International Release Date: 12/05/2000 Starring: Jean Louis Trintignant Run time: 122 minutes Rating: Nr Director: Patrice Chereau« less
"I'm not sure about the film some of these other reviewers saw, but I could not stand this movie. For one thing - one very critical thing - it's got some of the most UNREADABLE subtitles ever! Which, I'm sure, added to my complete lack of enjoyment. I'm an Independent Film fan and I was looking forward to seeing this movie but it's disconnected and at times, just unwatchable. The story meanders and the lighting isn't so great either. I was very disappointed. Be careful if you're planning on purchasing this DVD. Try to rent it first - check the foreign section of your favorite video store. Best Regards, turtlex
An exceptional movie, but a horrendous transfer!
Barry Stone | 10/23/2001
(1 out of 5 stars)
"Quite simply, this is the worst DVD transfer I've ever seen. In reference to the other reviewer's observation concerning the film's "poor lighting" all I can say is blame it on transfer, not the director. The film is every bit as good as, say, Magnolia, and is deserving of at least a 4 1/2 star rating. However, owing to the unreadable subtitles, I'd be loath to recommend this movie--even for rental--to anyone who doesn't speak French."
Uncomfortable, tough but ultimately extremely satisfying
Grady Harp | Los Angeles, CA United States | 10/22/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"THOSE WHO LOVE ME CAN TAKE THE TRAIN to the burial of an enigmatic French artist by the name of Jean Baptiste. In this frenzied examination of contemporary living creatures who all board a claustrophobic train on its way to Limoges, France, director Patrice Chereau dissects the psyches of the most disparate group of family and friends ever gathered to pay last rites. A married couple in the midst of dissolution, a gay couple who discover a shared paramour whose health status threatens their lives, a transexual current amour of the dead man, a long time male nurse of the deceased, and others whose identities remain slightly out of focus - all of these characters have personal baggage they bring to this memorial "reunion" and it is the interplay of thier interrelated attachments to the deceased that alters their lives. There are problems with the film - the subtitles are difficult to read, the soundtrack often covers the dialogue, the pace is a bit disarming - but in all it is very much like the way Chereau approaches opera (the vocal sound tract is in English, the dialogue in French with only sporadic English, the grand emotional music is from Gustav Mahler). He asks us to step back and experience the interior lives of the people around us. Perhaps this film is an acquired taste, but give it some time and investment of thought and you'll be richly rewarded."
One of the best french films I`ve seen in a long time
Victoria L. Williamson | Tucson A.Z | 12/22/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"When reading some of the other reviews,I noticed a simmilar thread throughout,from the good and the bad, but basicly they all said it was hard to comprehend, but not to me. One thing that needs to be understood is that french movies do not follow the same format as American ones and if you can understand that, then watching any french movie will be alot more enjoyable. This movie shows a real slice of humanity being that the deceased was bisexual. There is a couple with a child, a marriage on the rocks, drug addiction, homosexuality,even a love triangle,as-well as a recent sexchange candidate.There are some older folks, one being the twin brother and a couple of teenagers.Someone said they thought there was a lesbian scene. There isn`t it`s just two friends, one being a natural women finding out another friend had a sex change and when asked to feel her boobs it was out of curiosoty. Most men don`t get a sex change to be with women it`s that simple.What ties all these people together is the funeral,all the relatives and friends embark on a train trip to another city where the deceased wished to be buried with one of them carrying the coffin in his station wagon along-side the train. rather humorous I thought. Each person had their own set of memories and mostly a love/hate relationship with that person, and it seems that no one was sure who he realy loved or hated.I think one thing that helped to tell the story is the soundtrack.It was great in my opinion, although I do agree with the subtitles being washed out at times, but I understand french so I wasn`t as bothered about it.If you have never realy known a gay man or couple then the love scene on the train would be shocking to you, however I thought it showed a desperaration between these charachters within their grief even though it was graphic compared with American standards, but it could have easily been heterosexual to me because I looked beyond the genders.I thought it was well done and touching and showed how people sometimes form an attraction under an emotional event such as a death.. I think the film is great.I think the acting is superb considering the complexity of all them,it`s sort of like a rich dessert that lingers long after the last bite. This movie is not for the timid or close-minded, but on second thoughts I think it`s a good look at who people are and that we did `nt all come from the same cotton field.If you are looking for a different movie for a change of pace this is it , like that rich dessert it leaves you wanting more."
Barry Stone | 07/28/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Chereau's characters brim with individuality and sincerity. While seldom seeing more than the surface of a first impression, as happens in life, each character is defined exquisitely and in depth within a moment of their first appearance. This sounds contradictory, but an examination of real life and our interactions would probably reveal this to be true.We are invited to observe an interacting group of self absorbed individuals whose relationships intertwine like a symphonic work, full of glorious sparkling moments of humanity and somber reflective emotions, sexual intrigue, confrontations that do not exceed the realms of possibility and sympathetic individuals. This is a film which I am sure will reveal more and more understanding with repeated viewings."