We always feel the other person is luckier than us and we would happily trade places with them. The Man on the train runs on similar lines of thought. The film revolves around the forever unpredictable life of Milan, a thief by profession. His life is rigmarole of deceit, lies, forgery, and crime. In a stark contrast, Manesquier is a professor and his life has never known the ABC of adventure. Although they are poles apart, both strike an unlikely friendship which starts with a chance meeting. Manesquier helps him find an accommodation when Milan fails to find one. They find out that soon the coming Saturday will be a challenging day in the life of both. While Milan plans to rob the bank that day, the professor has to undergo a surgery. Both develop a mutual respect for each other despite being jealous of their respective lives. Nevertheless, like true friends, they encourage each other and wish success in their challenging endeavors. Watch what happens as the two ultimately go according to what destiny rolled out for them. Is Milan able to carry out the theft? Does the professor come out healed from the operation theatre? The answers lie in the film.
The Man on the Train (2002)
The story depicted in “April and the Extraordinary World” is quite different from what we read during history classes and especially about France, a country described as a romantic and a lovers’ destination. The film takes us back to the era of 1941, where the world is radically different and characterized by bizarre events. There is no taste of development, and things like radios, TVs, aviation, and electricity are a myth. All they have to brag about is their coal and steam, but there is some willing to stand out and it is Avril (Marion Cotillar). She is a teenage girl whose parents are among the missing scientists and together with Darwin (Philippe Katerine), a talking cat, her grandfather pops, and a young police informer Julius, the quartet head out to find Avril’s parents. Together, they will face the mysteries of their outdated world. ‘April and the Extraordinary World’ is a fine touch of Christian Desmares and Franck Ekinci that will captivate your heart from the beginning to the end. It draws us through the fundamental beauty of animation with its funny scenarios.