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2 July 1999 (USA) See more »
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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Obsession and possession at the edge of darkness See more (56 total) »


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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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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 »
Harke, HarkeSee more »


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20 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
Obsession and possession at the edge of darkness, 4 April 2007
Author: terraplane from London

Obsession, addiction, violence and love. Sometimes all four at the same time. If nothing else, this movie is a complete roller-coaster ride through the emotions. It's hard to say whether it's really a love story. Is it love when you want to possess someone to the point where you would rather they go blind than go away? Is it love to want to drag someone down with you to bottom of your own degradation? Is it love when you would take someone's life because they wanted to go home? But then again, is it love when you allow all this to happen and still come back for more? I have my doubts.

This is really a story of obsession and possession between two people who find themselves marooned out on the edge of human existence. They find something like tenderness, something like love by holding on to each other like two children lost in the dark woods. But obsession is ultimately destructive and so it is here. Alex wants Michelle but never really shows any real tenderness. He has nothing to offer except cheap wine and an old overcoat. He is destructive, violent and child-like. The relationship between Alex and Michelle is quite impossible to comprehend sometimes. What this movie does have is passion. But this is real life passion. Real and raw. If you ever see real people like Alex and Michelle, and they do exist, you can see how they cling to each other, how they abuse each other, how they are possessed by their lifestyle, unable or unwilling to fight their way out of their humiliation. So in the end they just drag each further down, drowning in hopelessness.

But just as you think the story is going to end in tragedy...well you have to watch it for yourself.

The cinematography in this movie is breathtaking at times, but in a very unconventional way. It is beautiful to watch even though there is precious little that is attractive. Paris looks by turns both shiny and exciting and then dark, grey and filthy. Which, if you've been there, you will know is exactly how it is. There is not a single shot of any famous Parisian landmark either. Only the river Seine and the bridges around Pont Neuf are part of the landscape in this story.

It's really an ensemble piece for two characters; two characters caught up in obsession, possession and some kind of love story. The two lead actors, Juliette Binoche and Dennis Levant produce performances of real emotional power and subtlety. There is nothing coming out of Hollywood to match movies like this, nor are there many actors, if any, who could get close to performances like these. One day the Academy will begin to recognise that acting and movies is not just about box office returns and bestow their awards on movies like this.

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