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A clever and humanistic portrait of a big city train station, its people and its stories.


Poul Martinsen


Poul Martinsen


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In this television documentary from Copenhagen's central railway station, we meet its travellers, its staff and its inhabitants of homeless people. We hear their stories of waiting for the family member who may or may not be on the next train, of worrying about the addicts who do drugs in the water closets, of not getting what you wished for in life and coming to the station to find someone to talk to or a young couple to watch from afar. The film becomes a close portrait of a place and its people, emphasized by interesting detail photography and jazzy score music. Written by Peter Brandt Nielsen

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Within the walls of a central station
9 December 2003 | by pbnSee all my reviews

In an entertaining and interesting television documentary from one of Denmark's top documentarians, Copenhagen's central train station is portrayed as something more than walls and a roof around a necessary means of transportation. Through the camera lens and the excellent interviews with the people who inhabit the station we hear a variety of stories: 'Roligans' returning in disappointment from a football match, a family who await the return of their family member from America after several decades, a man who comes to the station with two parrots on his shoulders to have his picture taken, an old woman who invariably sits in a corner to watch the travellers walk by, a prosthetic leg forgotten in a train, fireworks in the sky outside on Saturday night.

Documentarism with a topic as simple, yet complex as this is rarely seen better. Director Poul Martinsen presents us with a work of artistic and documentarist value while from start to finish focusing on the humanistic craftsmanship of telling good stories about actual people. Everyone really does have a story worth telling, at least in this train station. Bjørk Aabech's inspired photography of architectural details and everyday situations help to make this little film an excellent example of well-made, relevant documentarism.

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17 December 1985 (Denmark) See more »

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