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Romance... In a most unlikely place.
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Juliette Binoche ... Michèle Stalens

Denis Lavant ... Alex
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

Edith Scob ... 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
Maître Bitoun ... Un endormi
Johnny Aldama ... Un endormi
Jean-Louis Airola ... Le colleur d'affiches
Albert Prévost ... Commissaire
Marc Maurette ... Le juge
Marie Trintignant ... Voix off (voice)

Directed by
Leos Carax 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Leos Carax 

Produced by
Bernard Artigues .... delegate producer
Alain Dahan .... associate producer
Christian Fechner .... producer
Albert Prévost .... executive producer
Hervé Truffaut .... executive producer
Cinematography by
Jean-Yves Escoffier 
Film Editing by
Nelly Quettier 
Production Design by
Michel Vandestien 
Art Direction by
Franck Schwarz 
Set Decoration by
Irène Galitzine 
Costume Design by
Robert Nardone 
Makeup Department
Nathalie Champigny .... key hair stylist
Isabelle Legay .... key makeup artist
Valérie Tranier .... makeup artist
Production Management
Catherine Adart .... post-production manager
Nathalie Nghet .... assistant production manager
Rafi Pitts .... assistant production manager
Sophie Quiédeville .... unit manager
Clément Sentilhes .... assistant unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Antoine Beau .... first assistant director
Vincent Canaple .... first assistant director
Ketal Guenin .... third assistant director
Gabriel Julien-Laferrière .... first assistant director
Faouzi Kasri .... first assistant director
Faouzi Kasri .... second assistant director
Hervé Renoh .... second unit director
Gilles Sionnet .... first assistant director: preparation
Art Department
Juliette Binoche .... paintings
Laurent Desaleux .... carpenter
Jacques Dubus .... property master
Bruno Dumont .... carpenter
Denis Gautelier .... head carpenter
Emmanuel Maintigneux .... assistant art director
Etienne Rohde .... set dresser
Thierry Rouxel .... property master
Vincent Sentis .... assistant art director
Sandrine Veysset .... set designer
Sound Department
Gilbert Courtois .... sound editor
Gilbert Courtois .... sound effects editor
Murielle Damain .... boom operator
Gérard Lamps .... re-recording mixer
Yann Le Mapihan .... boom operator
Fred Mays .... post-synchronization
Christian Monheim .... boom operator
Henri Morelle .... sound
Nadine Muse .... sound editor
Antoine Ouvrier .... sound mixer
Elie Poicard .... sound effects
Véronique Tiron .... boom operator
Special Effects by
Philippe Hubin .... special effects
Guy Monbillard .... special effects assistant
Isabelle Tillou .... pyrotechnician
Jean-Louis Airola .... stunts
Dany Roca .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Dominique Delguste .... additional second assistant camera
Koen Firlefijn .... grip
Stéphane Fontaine .... focus puller
Christian Fournié .... first assistant camera
Marc Koninckx .... Steadicam operator
Christian Magis .... gaffer
Philippe Ramdane .... second assistant camera
Benoît Theunissen .... additional key grip
David Ungaro .... second assistant camera
Location Management
Christophe Bernard .... location scout
Music Department
Fred Chichin .... musician: "Les amants" (as Les Rita Mitsouko)
Other crew
Juliette Binoche .... poster designer
Corinne Fulconis .... staff
Vernice Klier .... script supervisor
Philippe Lévy .... production accountant
Brigitte Schmouker .... script supervisor
Henri Alekan .... thanks
Sandrine Bonnaire .... thanks
Agnès Chabot .... thanks
Patrice Chéreau .... thanks
Léo Ferré .... thanks
Samuel Fuller .... thanks
Philippe Garrel .... thanks
Jean-Paul Goude .... thanks
François Hadji-Lazaro .... thanks
Jean Rouch .... thanks

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Also Known As:
"Les amants du Pont-Neuf" - France (original title)
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Rated R for violence, language, sexuality/nudity and substance abuse
125 min
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Did You Know?

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 »
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".See more »
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7 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
One of the great romances..., 13 July 1999
Author: dziga-5 from Los Angeles

This is one of the great romances precisely because it goes against the grain of all the great screen romances. Because of its ability to strike new terrain -- to go where no romance has gone before, to take chances, in essence -- it achieves a level of passionate intensity that most romantic films could only dream of mustering.

The camera work -- by Jean-Yves Escoffier, one of the great cinematographers working today (who shot Leos Carax's early films -- "Bad Blood" and "Boy Meets Girl" -- as well as Larry Clark's "Kids," and the directorial debut of Harmony Korine, "Gummo") -- is absolutely breathtaking. I cannot overemphasize this. It is, perhaps, one of the most beautiful color films ever made. The style of the film suits the subject matter perfectly. It proves that the great films have a form that not only compliments the subject matter, but becomes it. The content is the form, and vise versa. The film is shot "Cinema-Verite" style, with rough, hand-held, choppy camerawork, and a gritty, realistic aesthetic quality. There are moments of fancy and surrealism that would seem to utterly contradict this style. On the contrary, these moments are rendered believable, avoid presenting problems of logic, because of the film's harsh, balancing tone. The "wild" style of the film captures perfectly the passionate, stormy affair of the lovers -- the truest love, and certainly the most passionate, the film says, is that closest to nature, to the base element of humanity.

Another layer of enjoyment comes from the film's similarity to Jean Vigo's "L'Atlante." In fact, the final sequence in the film has the two lovers plummeting from the bridge into the cold water. They are picked up by a sand barge, on its final trip to the ocean. The husband and wife, who we learn have spent their life shipping sand, agree to take them along. It is almost as if the couple in "L'Atlante" have reappeared to prove that passionate, tumultuous love affairs can end happily, despite their problems. One of the last shots of the film shows the two lovers walking across the barge, over the hills of sand, to the bow -- a direct quotation of "L'Atlante."

The last shot (for enemies of James Cameron's "Titanic" -- an absolutely shallow romance; as cold and heartless as the iceberg that dooms the ship) shows the two lovers hovering over the bow of the ship, magically, as if suspended by love. It is obvious James Cameron plagiarized this moment ("Les Amants..." came out in 1991). This fact should be trumpeted far and wide. "Titanic" is a bloated whale of a movie. "Les Amants du Pont Neuf" is simply the greatest romance to have erupted on the screens in the last decade.

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