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Transsiberian (2008)

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Transsiberian is a psychological thriller film, set on the Trans-Siberian Railway, in which an American couple’s journey from China to Russia becomes a nightmare after they befriend a pair of fellow travellers.

An international co-production of Germany, the United Kingdom, Spain and Lithuania, the film was directed by Brad Anderson and stars Woody Harrelson, Emily Mortimer and Ben Kingsley. Filming began in December 2006 in Vilnius, Lithuania, with additional photography in Beijing and Russia. It premiered at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival in January 2008, followed by a series of other international film festivals.

An American couple, Roy and Jessie, take the train from Beijing to Moscow on their return home from a Christian mission in China. Roy befriends their cabin mates, a Spanish man, Carlos, and his Seattle-born girlfriend, Abby. Jessie does not share her husband’s warmth but Carlos shows Jessie his souvenir matryoshka dolls.

When Roy misses the train in Irkutsk while sightseeing, Jessie is alone with Carlos and Abby. She gets off the train at Ilanskaya to wait for Roy. Carlos and Abby get off too, claiming she would be unsafe alone. In a restaurant, Jessie sees a doll nearly identical to those of Carlos. Abby is upset when she mentions this and goes to bed. Jessie begs Carlos not to involve Abby in his activities.

Director: Brad Anderson

Writers: Brad Anderson, Will Conroy

Stars: Woody Harrelson, Emily Mortimer, Ben Kingsley, Kate Mara, Eduardo Noriega, Thomas Kretschmann, Etienne Chicot


Woody HarrelsonRoy
Emily MortimerJessie
Ben KingsleyGrinko
Kate MaraAbby
Eduardo NoriegaCarlos Ximénez
Thomas KretschmannKolzak
Etienne ChicotFrenchman
Mac McDonaldMinister
Colin StintonEmbassy Official
Perlis VaisietaManager Hotel Pushkin
Mindaugas PapinigisYoung Detective
Mindaugas CapasMilitary Officer
Sonata VisockaiteFemale Train Attendant #1
Larisa KalpokaiteFemale Train Attendant #2
Valentinas KrulikovskisYoung Waiter
Vidmantas JasiuneviciusPorter
Antanas SurgailisWaiter
Kristina KulinicSchool Girl 1
Jin ZhouSchool Girl 2 (as Jing Din Zhou)
Emilis VelyvisCop
Saulius BagaliunasDrunk Pole
Andrius PaulaviciusLithuanian Backpacker
Sergej OskinEngineer
Alfredas ButkeviciusProvodnik
Antanas RadinskasSullen Clerk
Waléra KanischtscheffRussian Hunter
Bronius KindurysUzbek
Aleksandrs PetukhovsRussian Cop

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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