With Compartment n ° 6, Juho Kuosmanen signs a portrait of a freewheeling woman

In competition, a nice existential journey scented with vodka. Those who like railway love stories will take this train.

Compartment n ° 6 at first looks like a film by Pavel Lounguine (but wise). An evening in a Moscow apartment where we exchange Akhmatova’s verses and glasses of vodka. Drunk and happy intellectuals. Kisses between two women. And a few hours or days later we board a train for the Arctic Circle with one of the guests of the evening. This young Finnish student will find herself stuck in a compartment with a drunken Russian, aggressive and low on the forehead… They will share this closed place for days. And gradually, to the rhythm of the roll, a drunken and strange friendship emerges between this frustrated type and this cultivated woman, foreign but above all frightened. They hate each other, find each other, lose each other, find each other. They live together. And beyond the difference in class and culture, they will discover what can bring them together. Off, the voice of Desireless echoes its synthetic pop and its love of travel.

“It’s a train film” said Thierry Frémaux. Well seen, but rather version Before Sunrise than Runaway Train so. In this compartment, Juho Kuosmanen stages a woman’s confrontation with herself, with her desires, her prejudices, her fears during a journey that goes from Moscow to Murmansk, from the city to the borders … He stages in made its “modification” (yes, yes as with Butor) and in this sense, we thought a lot about Julie (in 12 chapters) during the screening. Because both Kuosmanen and Joachim Trier come from the north, because their sensibilities are as much cinematographic as they are literary and musical. But above all because they signed two portraits of women in quest. With one difference: where Trier offered a destructured introspection, constantly changing registers and taking advantage of his chapters to better change angles, Kuosmanen, for his part, follows a linear progression, clings to the rails of his story and of the line. that connects the Arctic. The further you get from Moscow, the more the heroine looks like she looks… This is perhaps what we can reproach her for: her ode to the beauty of the world and to the envy of elsewhere is a pretty film, sometimes a little long, which starts slowly, before finding its cruising speed and which never tries to deviate from its course.

But he can count on two touching actors, Seidi Haarla and Youri Borsov, who put all the climatic expressions of their love story on their faces.

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