One Night... A Train

One Night... A Train (French: Un soir, un train) is a 1968 Belgian-French drama film directed by André Delvaux, starring Yves Montand and Anouk Aimée. It tells the story of Mathias, a professor of linguistics at a university where the students have lively discussions about Flemish nationalism and morality. During a train ride, the French-speaking woman who Mathias lives with disappears and he goes looking for her in an unknown city. The film is based on the novel De trein der traagheid by Johan Daisne.[1]

One Night... A Train
Directed byAndré Delvaux
Produced byMag Bodard
Screenplay byAndré Delvaux
Based onDe trein der traagheid by Johan Daisne
Music byFrédéric Devreese
CinematographyGhislain Cloquet
Edited bySuzanne Baron
Release date
  • 1968 (1968)
Running time
86 minutes



Aurélien Ferenczi of Télérama wrote in 2009: "The cleverness of the film is how it finds unusual visual equivalents to classic themes of 60s auteur cinema—-at the heart, we are very close to Antonioni. Yves Montand and Anouk Aimée are terrific, and One Night... A Train is perhaps, quite simply, its director's best film."[2]

Box Office

According to Fox records the film required $1,650,000 in rentals to break even and by 11 December 1970 had made $525,000 so made a loss to the studio.[3]


  1. "Un soir, un train". (in French). Cinémathèque Française. Retrieved 2015-09-18.
  2. Ferenczi, Aurélien (2009-10-10). "Un soir... un train". Télérama (in French). Retrieved 2015-09-18. Toute l'intelligence du film est de trouver des équivalences visuelles inédites aux thèmes classiques du cinéma d'auteur des années 60 - on est au fond tout près d'Antonioni. Yves Montand et Anouk Aimée sont formidables, et Un soir... un train est peut-être, tout simplement, le meilleur film de son auteur.
  3. Silverman, Stephen M (1988). The Fox that got away : the last days of the Zanuck dynasty at Twentieth Century-Fox. L. Stuart. p. 327.
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