Veteran French actor Jean Rochefort and European rock icon Johnny Hallyday (they called him the "French Elvis" back in the day) team for this quietly odd fantasy from director Patrice Leconte. The two men meet by chance--Rochefort's a retired poetry teacher, Hallyday's a career criminal--and become unlikely friends, each one coveting the life the other has lived (not unlike a French Freaky Friday).
As the two become close, they realize that their paths will soon diverge again as Rochefort faces surgery and Hallyday faces another robbery. Knowing this only makes their longing for change grow deeper. And it's that longing that's at the heart of this strange, lovely movie. Fans of the subtitled, the offbeat and the intimate shouldn't miss this Train.