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The Lovers on the Bridge (1991)
"Les amants du Pont-Neuf" (original title)

R  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  2 July 1999 (USA)
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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.

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Cast

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

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

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Box Office

Budget:

$28,000,000 (estimated)

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$29,679 (USA) (2 July 1999)

Gross:

$117,569 (USA) (30 July 1999)
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Trivia

Leos Carax was originally given permission to use the real Pont-Neuf bridge in Paris and have it closed for filming but delays in filming meant the permission expired and he had to reconstruct the whole thing on a lake near Montpellier, France. The construction of a new version of the Pont-Neuf - and its surrounding buildings in Paris - helped make the film of the most expensive French films ever made. See more »

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 »

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Don't try to watch this one on streaming Netflix; there's a case to be made for not watching it at all…
21 November 2014 | by (UWS, NYC, USA) – See all my reviews

Seems like the streaming format can't do justice to this cult film's visual pyrotechnics (literally, in the case of the famous Bastille Day fireworks/waterskiing sequence(!)), but what really tipped the balance for us was the operatic silliness of the plot. At first it seems like Carax is trying for the kind of bittersweet fantasy about the Parisian underclass that Jean Renoir and René Clair were turning out in the 30s—updated with a "gritty" layer of realism that can be difficult to watch. We didn't much care for the way the script exploits pathology—blindness, depression, dissociation, addiction, pathological jealousy and all-around destructive craziness—as a substitute for character and emotion, which comes across as cynical and pretentious. The over-the-top plot contrivances may make for some effective individual scenes—Michèle fantasizes about hunting down an ex-lover and shooting him, Alex destroys all the "have you seen this girl?" posters that Michèle's parents have put up, Michèle and Alex pose like figureheads on the prow of a barge on the Seine (remind you of anything?)—but none of it seems to add up to much in the end. There's another scene where middle-aged tourists are roofied and robbed by the lovers at an outdoor café; we see them waking up, feeling dazed and abused no doubt. We identified.


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