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3.5
503 Ratings

The Train Stop

Polustanok

Directed by Sergei Loznitsa
Russia, 2000
Documentary, Short

Synopsis

Speeding trains slice through the silence of the small train stop. The whistle on the locomotive and the thunder of the wheels disappear into the night, but fail to wake up people at the station. People just continue to sleep. What do they wait for? What will wake them up?

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The Train Stop Directed by Sergei Loznitsa

Critics reviews

It’s almost impossible to see the film without thinking, at least briefly, of the Lumière brothers’ L’arrivée d’un train en gare de La Ciotat (1895), particularly in the way that Loznitsa substitutes movement for, as the title suggests, a kind of stasis, a moment frozen in time. The shots are closer to still photographs, with only hints of motion throughout—a fidgeting hand or the rise and fall of a child’s stomach.
February 27, 2017
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Rarely has a film about slumber been so transfixing: Sergei Loznitsa’s Polustanok(The Train Station/The Halt, 2000) observes passengers in various states of nocturnal repose within a station, their narcoleptic state uninterrupted by the intermittent whistles of trains passing in the night, the luminescent black-and-white photography serving to enhance the oneiric spell induced in the viewer.
March 25, 2016
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The Train Stop (2000), his first solo short, takes place entirely inside a railway station’s waiting room, opening with abstract visuals and the cacophonous hiss of a steam engine before establishing its rhythm, which comes from dreamily shot images of people sleeping on benches, their breathing and snoring competing in tranquil discord with buzzing flies, creaky floors, and far-off winds. In Landscape (2003), Loznitsa creates a continually moving panorama.
August 03, 2015
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