Solemnly declaring that henceforth it will put only comedies, great Jean Renoir has immediately shot the most gloomy film under the novel of Emilja Zolja. Machinist Jean (Jean Gaben), a victim of hereditary attacks of unmotivated fury, killed the mistress Severin (Simona Simon) which before has rescued from suspicion in murder, and then committed a suicide, having rushed from a locomotive footboard. Railway department has put at disposal of the director all possibilities: Gaben and other actors playing railwaymen, even have passed a professional preparation short course. But, as though Renoir aspired to especial realism, something turned out always poetic like “ Station Sen - Lazar “ Claude Monet. The depot and stations with which life of all characters is connected, formed the special, irreal Universe, rails became a metaphor of caducity of life. Physiological, on versions of Zolja, Jean`s predisposition to murder turned around almost antique fate hanging it. The power on advantage has estimated a film, having accused Renoir of blasting on the eve of world war of fighting spirit of the nation.