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"Ceux qui m'aiment predront le train (Those Who Love Me Can Take the Train)"

by Lisa Nesselson

Strictly speaking, there will be a "film debutt" tomorrow when fest-goers discover Patrice Chereau's "Those Who Love Me Can Take the Train." Sylvain Jacques, a first-time actor whom Chereau spotted in a bar, plays a gay 20-year-old wastrel with the charisma of a scrawny rabbit caught in the headlights of an on-rushing car. The ensemble cast of this majestically filmed but histrionic affair travels by train from Paris to Limoges (a 4-hour journey) to attend the funeral of a 70-something painter whose life touched them all. Speaking of touching, in the role of Bruno, Sylvain Jacques asks another male passenger to console him by dropping his pants and imploring his suitor to "fondle my buns, caress my ass."

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