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The sublime virtue of forgiveness
Thursday, September 26th, 2013

The Railway Man is based on a true story, and shows how Eric Lomax, a British officer fascinated by trains since he was a child, was captured by the Japanese during the Second World War and sent to a work camp. In the camp he and his colleagues had to put up with brutal acts of torture. “It’s a story that deals with human beings at their best and worst. But the one feature that defines humanity and differentiates us from animals is the capacity to forgive. This film deals with the sublime virtue of forgiveness,” Teplitzky says.

Most of the survivors of the famous “Railway of Death” kept quiet about what they had experienced during the war. However Eric’s widow, Patricia, insisted on finding out what was tormenting her husband. “In the film they don’t show a lot of the acts of torture that Eric suffered; this would perhaps be too much for the audience. My husband’s story offers the chance to see how humans are able to go through the most depraved acts and still carry on with their lives and get over the past.

 

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