NIGHT TRAIN TO LISBON (TVA, 2013) D: Bille August, w/ Jeremy Irons, Mélanie Laurent. Rating: NNN; DVD package: none Rating: NNN
Deeply moved by a small philosophical tract, a drab Latin teacher walks out on his life in Switzerland to track down its author in Lisbon. From this follows a movie of meetings with strangers and conversations leading to flashbacks that reveal the author's family, work, love life and active resistance to Portuguese dictator Antonio Salazar.
The cast is superb. Everyone from Jeremy Irons as the teacher through Christopher Lee, Charlotte Rampling, Bruno Ganz, Lena Olin and Mélanie Laurent delivers rich character portraits that do much to carry the film's philosophical ideas.
No extras, so go for a double bill. Suspense classic The Third Man should fit well.
EXTRAS English, French audio. No subtitles.