Strangers on a train who are riding in the same carriage are united by what seems to be a terrorist-related explosion confined to their carriage alone. Mrs. Delahunty (Smith), a British writer living in Umbria, is confused and upset by the events. While still in hospital, she visits each of the survivors and eventually decides they must all recuperate at her home while the police investigation continues. Of particular concern is an American child orphaned in the blast. All the survivors and the staff of Mrs. Delahunty's home care for her very tenderly. When a relative is found, they are skeptical about anyone's ability to care for the fragile child. When Thomas Riverstone (Cooper) comes to fetch his niece Aimee, we learn the two have never met. He and his wife are university professors who research ants. Riverstone was estranged from his sister, which explains his strained relationship with Aimee. He often seems more interested in the ants of Umbria than his niece.
Bittersweet and fine tale based on a book by William Trevor. Spectacular acting by Smith. Giancarlo Giannini (A Walk in the Clouds) has a small, but lovely role as the police investigator.
The review of this Movie prepared by ldpaulson