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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
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 »
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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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 »
"Terrific performances by Denis Lavant and Juliette Binoche..."
The third feature film by French screenwriter, film critic and director Leos Carax which underwent a complicated production process and took three years to complete, is an archetypal love-story set at a bridge undergoing reparation at Pont-Neuf in Paris, where painter Michèle who has recently left her boyfriend and fire-swallower Alex who is addicted to tranquilizing pills and alcohol coincidentally meet and form a relationship.
This unusual romance about two opposite vagabonds crashing into one and other during the days leading up to the Bicentennial celebrations in France 1989, is noticeable for it's varied use of music, fine cinematography, fast editing, good pace and diverse filming. However, much of this films greatness comes from the terrific performances by Denis Lavant and Juliette Binoche, whose magnetic presence turns this unorthodox love-story into a gripping character drama. The scenes they share stand out as the highlights of this film and they were passionately filmed and written by Leos Carax, who had to overcome severe financial difficulties in order to get the film made.
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