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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.

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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 4 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »
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Daniel Buain ...
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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Drama | Romance

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

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2 July 1999 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$28,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$29,679 (USA) (4 July 1999)

Gross:

$117,569 (USA) (1 August 1999)
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1.66 : 1
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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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Referenced in Doisneau des villes, doisneau des champs (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

Concerto for 12 Cellos
written by Einar Englund
performed by the Finnish Cello Ensemble
conducted by Ulf Söderblom
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file under: breathtaking
3 January 2001 | by See all my reviews

I found this movie by serendipity at Blockbuster, while I was searching for another Juliette Binoche title. I had to turn it off after an hour, because I was so overwhelmed. I finished it later of course, and was uplifted. The cinematography was breathtaking. It was also one of the most original films I've ever seen. Three homeless people live on a bridge, including an old man, a fire-breathing street performer, and an artist who is, ironically, going blind (i believe by macular degeneration). I don't want to spoil any of the action, but watch for an amazing scene in a subway hallway. And the two lovers, who seem so unlikely to get together at the beginning, bond convincingly throughout the film. Also, watch for two scenes were later recycled for movies which won best picture. Juliet Binoche and the old man visit a museum so she can look at a painting by candlelight (a la' The English Patient) and a scene ripped off for Titanic. It's great, but don't expect to just relax while watching it--it's a thinker's movie.


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