FilmCrave User - wrote on 11/13/20
Closely Watched Trains has been described as a "gently stated sense of the absurd"and "reminiscent of the Czech New Wave of the 60's".
The movie is basically a young man's coming of age story during a harrowing time. The opening scene explains a bit where the main characters final act of heroism comes from (his grandfather tries to use hypnosis to stop the German invasion) . Humor is absurdly used throughout this film somewhat in the same way as in "Life Is Beautiful". It's hard to imagine how you can make a humorous movie about this time in history, but the heroic acts intertwined in both of those movies shows you that it can be done in the hands of the right filmmaker.