Two people, a man, who might be a killer on the run, and a woman share a compartment on a crowded night train bound for the Baltic resort of Hel. Kawalerowicz turns a thriller into an intriguing character study of ordinary people in unusual circumstances.
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Close to the new waves to emerge in cinema in general, in the decade of the unlikely utopia of a fracturing world, this film is a magnificent example of how the cinematic language, from fictional trivial data, creates and installs spaces, time(s) and breath, increased as the context is presented. The camera travels in and around and with it our imagination is built and runs, catching humanity's train.
like ants, like pack of animals hunting its pray through the night so clear and so dark with symbols that same pack is able to create. but also, like a landscape, wide and evoking, like a limitless thought rushing to unknown and uncertain to bury its pain or let it blossom. like all trains in my friend's stories, those strange places where 2 worlds meet so intensely.
Very glad they restored this film, and it has gorgeous cinematography. On top of that is excellent character studies and jazz music that perfectly fit. The Polish government had banned jazz music until the reforms of 1956. The thriller aspect is just one small part of a larger puzzle. The chase scene made me laugh, not because it was funny, but it's an indication of cultural values.