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The Lovers on the Bridge (1991)

Les amants du Pont-Neuf (original title)
R | | Drama, Romance | 2 July 1999 (USA)
Alex, who's homeless and addicted to alcohol, and Michèle, who's losing her sight, form a relationship while sleeping rough on Paris's Pont-Neuf bridge.

Director:

Leos Carax

Writer:

Leos Carax
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 4 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Juliette Binoche ... Michèle Stalens
Denis Lavant ... Alex
Daniel Buain Daniel Buain ... L'ami clochard / Alex's vagrant friend
Klaus-Michael Grüber Klaus-Michael Grüber ... Hans
Marion Stalens Marion Stalens ... Marion
Chrichan Larsson Chrichan Larsson ... Julien (as Chrichan Larson)
Paulette Berthonnier Paulette Berthonnier ... La marinière / Barge operator
Roger Berthonnier Roger Berthonnier ... Le marinier / Barge operator
Edith Scob ... La femme en voiture
Georges Aperghis Georges Aperghis ... L'homme en voiture
Michel Vandestien Michel Vandestien ... Le pompier
Georges Castorp Georges Castorp ... Un endormi
Marc Desclozeaux Marc Desclozeaux ... Un endormi
Alain Dahan Alain Dahan ... Un endormi
Pierre Pessemesse Pierre Pessemesse ... Un endormi
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Storyline

Set against Paris' oldest bridge, the Pont Neuf, while it was closed for repairs, this film is a love story between two young vagrants: Alex, a would be circus performer addicted to alcohol and sedatives and Michele, a painter driven to a life on the streets because of a failed relationship and an affliction which is slowly turning her blind. The film portrays the harsh existence of the homeless as Alex, Michele and Hans, an older vagrant survive on the streets with their wits. As they both slowly get their lives back together, Michele becomes increasingly dependent on Alex as her vision deteriorates further. Fearing that Michele will leave him if she receives a new medical treatment Alex attempts to keep Michele practically a prisoner. The streets, skies and waterways of Paris are used as a backdrop to the story in a series of stunning visuals which dominate the film. Written by Anonymous

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Romance... In a most unlikely place.

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, language, sexuality/nudity and substance abuse | See all certifications »

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

2 July 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Lovers on the Bridge See more »

Filming Locations:

France See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$28,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$29,679, 4 July 1999, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$117,569, 1 August 1999
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

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Quotes

Michèle Stalens: My dreams sent me. People in dreams, ought to call them when you wake. Make life simpler. "Hello, dreamed of you. Love woke me".
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Crazy Credits

After the last end title, during a fraction of a second, there is a handwritten inscription "à Luje - Amour - A." (To Luje - Love - A.) A. stands for Alexandre (Leos Carax' real first name) and Luje for Juliette (Binoche). See more »

Connections

Referenced in Doisneau des villes, doisneau des champs (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

You're Gonna Get Yours
written by Chuck D (as Carl Ridenhour) & Hank Shocklee
performed by Public Enemy
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Two losers get their lives back together on the streets of Paris
25 June 2000 | by cwpnewpaltzSee all my reviews

Usually I'm a sucker for French films, but this one left me as cold as a December night on the streets of Paris. Like the bridge, which serves as allegory, the two "lovers?" ( probably better termed co-dependents in an abusive relationship) have to be nearly destroyed before they can be rebuilt. Possessive, selfish, self-destructive, they lead each other into the abyss until the woman finds redemption through traditional values and the man finds redemption through prison. Then they are finally ready to find a life together. Fortunately, society picked them up in the nick of time, and they didn't end up on a slab in the city morgue. Not a pretty story. Not a love story. But an interesting story.


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