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aka - Train de Vie
Directed by
Radu Mihaileanu

Reviewed by
Bill Hubbard
3.5 stars

Train of Life

Recalling Begnini's Oscar winning hit, Life is Beautiful this takes a very different approach to the Holocaust and one with which, for its apparent levity, not everyone will be pleased. However, in acknowledging itself as fiction, and thus excused from obligations to depict the historical tragedy objectively, this is a rare gem in a very cluttered genre. The film-makers have done a good job with few material resources. The downside is that it is all laid on rather thickly and scenes tend to repeat themselves in variations, much as the train itself tracks back and forth without getting very far. BH

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