Powerhouse performances and inviting scenery enable this languid made-for-cable film to soar above the literal-mindedness in Hugh Whitemore's adaptation of William Trevor's delicate novella.
English-born romance novelist Mrs. Emily Delehunty (Maggie Smith) boards a
train in Umbria. The passengers include a retired English general (Ronnie Barkley) and his adult daughter, a German student named Werner (Benno Furmann) and his sweetheart, and an American youngster, Aimee (Emmy Clarke), traveling with her parents. When a bomb goes off in their compartment, only Mrs. Delehunty, Werner, the General and Aimee survive the blast. Lonely and
compassionate, the slight...