Pascal Mercier is the pseudonym of Swiss philosopher and writer, Peter Bieri. His book Night Train to Lisbon is high on my to-read list. Not a light read, it’s considered a difficult but rewarding book.
I haven’t seen the film (starring Martina Gedeck and Jeremy Irons), which was trashed by most reviewers but appreciated by a few. I’m guessing that this means it’s an art film that bored people whose taste run more to action-packed blockbusters.