Commentary by Claire Valade, Film critic from Quebec :
A fundamentally experimental work, France Ferrovière is nevertheless a kind of documentary, simply because it does document the French countryside with inviting elegance. Its viewpoint is precise and circumscribed in an abstract sense (surrendering himself to the route of the train, the filmmaker's only available scenery is what can be seen from its windows). Also, in a completely concrete way, the landscapes are necessarily limited not only by the framing of the camera but by the window of the train, seen clearly in the image. The result resembles a sequence of landscape paintings in motion. A curious but strangely mesmerizing work, static yet changing, resolutely focused on the beauty of the landscape and of motion.