Trains and Roses


His passion for trains and timetables sets Hannes, a Dortmund truck driver, off on a trip to northern Finland to compete in the First International Railway Timetable Competition – pursued by a police detective who suspects him of a murder he doesn’t even know about. A ‘road movie’ by train, as Hannes slowly realises that there may be more to life than timetables.
Germany 1997, 97 minutes


“An excellent evening’s entertainment”

“A slow, subtly funny film with some high comedy spots. Lovely atmosphere of travel. This could be(come) a cult film”

“Ein schone film!”

“A really enjoyable & witty film!”

“A real Euro-movie”

“Original, ingenious & wholly absorbing – if only British trains were as attractive”

“Oh, for trains like these!”

“(It) gave a train buff a lovely tingle. I loved the music”

“An unusual feel-good movie but, in Britain, the timetables don’t mean anything!”

“Beautifully clear sub-titles for once”

“The longest cigarette advertisement in history!”