Senin, 04 April 2011
John Lynch - Night Train (1998)
Memorable and moving performances by John Hurt and Brenda Blethyn make NIGHT TRAIN worth your time. It's an old story: ex-con get out of prison and tries to make a life, but he wants to hold onto the money he took from the mob that's now after him. The relationship that develops between Hurt and Blethyn has all the pitfalls you'd expect, but the film maneuvers around them as smoothly as Hurt's model trains on their miniature terrain. Blethyn-- and especially Hurt--find exactly the right approach to their characters and pull you right in. You'll care what happens to them.
Poole, a tired, middle-aged man is released from prison with old debts owing to his former gangland boss Billy. Poole's release date is known also to Billy and to his henchman Blake who ransacks Poole's flat in search of his boss' money, but fails to catch him.
On the run, Poole finds accommodation as a lodger in Dublin where the suspicious old Mrs. Mooney lives with her middle-aged daughter Alice. Poole's comings and goings and the noises from his room arouse the suspicion of Mrs. Mooney and her nosey neighbour Winnie, but Alice is growing fond of him.
She's also intrigued by their lodger - especially when she discovers that Poole has been building a spectacular model railway set of the Orient Express in his room. As things develop between them they go off on their imaginary rail trips, Poole transported by his trains, Alice by her fantasy world of fiction books. A genuine and gentle love begins to develop between them.
Soon the travel fantasy becomes a reality however, as Blake catches up with Poole and after a vicious struggle, Poole escapes. Poole then proposes that he and Alice go to Venice on the real Orient Express...