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

 -  Drama | Romance  -  2 July 1999 (USA)
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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... See full summary »

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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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Budget:

$28,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$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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Featured in Enquête sur un film au-dessus de tout soupçon (1991) See more »

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Time Will Crawl
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Leos Carax : master of visual poetry.
7 August 2007 | by (FIPRESCI/Cinema of the world) – See all my reviews

Leos Carax is not a conventional cineaste.His films are a fascinating confirmation of his splendid strength of mind.Les Amants du Pont Neuf was declared mythical by the media even before it had been shot.The film is one of the most beautiful,tender,touching love stories to have emerged from the realm of French cinema.The film also shows the plight of homeless people in a positive light.It has tackled this burning issue in practically documentary fashion.Carax has created a love story in difficult,tough,unusual circumstances.Pont-Neuf denotes evasion for outsiders like Alex,Hans and Michele as it helps them to stay away from daily triteness.It is a dwelling which allows them to live their lives fully:Michele as a painter,Alex as a fire eater.


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