LSC Event Descriptions

February 20, 2004

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Rated R
90 minutes

LSC Classics Presents:
The Man on the Train (2002)
February 22, 2004 at 7:30 and 10:30pm in 10-250.

Late autumn in a sleepy, provincial town. Milan, a taciturn tough-guy, arrives with a mission: to rob a bank in three days time. Manesquier, a retired schoolteacher and bachelor who has spent his life in the comfort of the family villa, is due to undergo heart surgery on the same day. The two strangers meet by chance in a pharmacy where Milan is buying aspirin. On the street, the gunslinger discovers he's been given the soluble kind. Gentle, garrulous Manesquier invites him home for a glass of water. So begins an unlikely friendship between two opposites, each who sees in the other vestigial aspects of himself. Milan envies the donnish man's quiet, contemplative life; Manesquier longs for the adventures of a lawless drifter. Over the course of their few days together, the two men gradually trade roles. Milan teaches Manesquier to shoot a pistol, while Manesquier instructs the desperado on the finer points of wearing carpet slippers. But before they can act on any incipient change of heart, their respective appointments are upon them--Destiny, it seems, has dealt them a hand they're forced to play. A delicate chamber piece, ripe with melancholy but seasoned with stylized language and humorous exchanges, this is a fairy tale for the worldly-wise.

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This program was made possible with the support of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy and the French Ministry of Culture.

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