From the film-maker:
‘The Gare St-Lazare’ reminds me of a dream I had repeatedly some time ago. I was running in a station trying to catch one of the many trains passing through, but I could never reach any of them in time.
My initial idea was to make a modern version of a crowded station. The film shows two anonymous characters running, one escaping from a second one. There’s a story behind both lives, as there’s a life behind every person you brush past on the tube, but just like there, the viewer is only aware of the moment when these two lives cross in a precise moment and space. We don’t know why they are running until they get into the train, when we find out that Mike, the main character, has been chasing himself and has been escaping from himself.
The film is about solitude, anguish and the rhythm of modern times, and overall about the confrontation of our reality and search for our own identity.
Marian Femenias Moratinos
A piece inspired by Claude-Oscar Monet: The Gare St-Lazare, 1877