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Jane Birkin and the Oscar nominated high speed train

Anyone who visits this site regularly knows I am mad about Jane Birkin. I recently received my DVD copy of Jane’s latest film – a short film called La femme et le TGV (trans. the woman and the high-speed train).  It’s a 30 minute film, incredibly well-made by Timo von Gunten, who both wrote and directed it.   The story, based on real events, is about a lady called Elise Lafontaine, who waves at the high-speed train each day when it passes her little house.  One day she receives a little note from the train driver and they become penfriends.  But things change when the route for the high-speed train is altered and the train no longer goes past Elise’s house.  I don’t want to give too much away because you really need to see it, but I will say it is a warm and funny film that more than deserved its Oscar nomination this year.  Unfortunately, it did not win the Oscar but it has already scooped up multiple awards because it is so excellent.If you go to the website here, you can pay to watch online or buy yourself a DVD copy, which has bonus features and the disc looks great because it is designed to look like a record.  It’s either £3.59 to watch on Vimeo or £12 to buy a DVD.  There are numerous subtitles, so language need not be a barrier!  And, look, here is Jane wearing the blouse which is now in my collection!


About tinynoggin

I love films (anything from exploitation stuff to stylish Eastern European cinema, but I'm not really into blockbusters and modern Hollywood), music (Serge Gainsbourg, Jane Birkin, Michel Polnareff, Left Banke, Francoise Hardy, The Seeds, Love, The Zombies, etc) and books (Kurt Vonnegut, Julian Maclaren-Ross, Michel Houellebecq, Patrick Hamilton, Alan Sillitoe, and more). I take photographs with my Lomography Diana F plus or my Olympus Trip and like making stuff in my spare time.

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