Train of Life (1999)

Train of Life
Type Feature Film
MPAA Rating R
Runtime 1hr 42mins.
Genres Drama, Comedy
Keywords N/A
Status Released
US Release Date
Name Credit Credited as Role Id Sort Order
Lionel Abelanski Actor Schlomo 1 1000001
Clement Harari Actor Rabbi 1 1000002
Michel Muller Actor Yossi 1 1000003
Bruno Abraham-Kremer Actor Yankele 1 1000004
Agathe De La Fontaine Actor Esther 1 1000005
Johan Leysen Actor Schemcht 1 1000006
Marie-Jose Nat Actor Sura 1 1000007
Gad Elmaleh Actor Manzatou 1 1000008
Rufus Actor Mordechai 1 1000009
Radu Mihaileanu Director n/a 2 2000001
Frédérique Dumas Producer n/a 3 3000001
Marc Baschet Producer n/a 3 3000002
Cédomir Kolar Producer n/a 3 3000003
Ludi Boeken Producer n/a 3 3000004
Eric Dussart Producer n/a 3 3000005
Michel Israël Associate Producer n/a 171 3000006
Francis deLaveleye Associate Producer n/a 171 3000007
Robert Swaab Associate Producer n/a 171 3000008
Rene Seegers Associate Producer n/a 171 3000009
Radu Mihaileanu Screenplay n/a 120778 4000001
Olivier Jacquet Assistant Director n/a 163 5000001
Giorgios Arvanitis Director of Photography n/a 120780 6000001
Laurent Dailland Director of Photography n/a 120780 6000002
Monique Rysselinck Editor n/a 172 7000001
Goran Bregovic Music n/a 120781 8000001
Cristian Niculescu Production Designer n/a 164 9000001
Pierre-Jacques Benichou Casting (France) 179 10000001
Tudor Giurgiu Casting (Romania) 179 10000002
Catalin Dordea Casting (Romania) 179 10000003
Gerda Diddens Casting (Belgium) 179 10000004
Rodica Alkalai Casting (Israel) 179 10000005
Viorica Petrovici Costume Designer n/a 169 13000001
Dominique Dalmasso Sound n/a 120816 14000001
Pierre Excoffier Sound n/a 120816 14000002
Synopsis
In Central Europe in 1941, one of the inhabitants of a shtetl hears stories of nearby villages being flattened by the Nazis and the people being herded onto trains, never to be seen again. He comes up with the audacious plan to buy a train, disguise the villagers as Nazis and captives, and deport themselves to Palestine before the Nazis get them. So the elders empty community funds to buy the train, and those who look the least Jewish are cast as Nazis and trained to speak a little German. Once on the train, the 'Nazis' come to enjoy their power, and divisions grow among the villagers. Meanwhile, they are in danger both from the real Germans, and the Resistance which doesn't know of their true identity and wants to blow up the train.