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The Girl on the Bridge (1999)
"La fille sur le pont" (original title)

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It's night on a Paris bridge. A girl leans over Seine River with tears in her eyes and a violent yearning to drown her sorrows. Out of nowhere someone takes an interest in her. He is Gabor,... See full summary »

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Takis
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Irene
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Bride
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Miss Memory
Didier Lemoine ...
TGV Ticket Conductor
Bertie Cortez ...
Kusak
Stéphane Metzger ...
Italian Waiter
Claude Aufaure ...
Suicide Victim
Farouk Bermouga ...
TGV Waiter
Nicolas Donato ...
Mr. Loyal
Enzo Etokyo ...
Italian Megaphone
Giorgios Gatzios ...
Barker
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It's night on a Paris bridge. A girl leans over Seine River with tears in her eyes and a violent yearning to drown her sorrows. Out of nowhere someone takes an interest in her. He is Gabor, a knife thrower who needs a human target for his show. The girl, Adele, has never been lucky and nowhere else to go. So she follows him. They travel along the northern bank of the Mediterranean to perform and in the process win a big fortune through gambling. Although both of them continue a platonic relationship, the sex-starved girl attempts to sleep with handsome guys she encounters throughout the journey. Finally, Adele falls in love with a newly-wed groom and both of them elope to Greece, while Gabor is stuck in Turkey. Then Adele is dumped by the groom. Only by now both Gabor and Adele realize that luck isn't with them unless they get together again. But both of them are so broke that they can't even feed themselves, let alone getting back to Paris and reunite... Written by L.H. Wong <lhw@sfs.org.sg>

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31 March 1999 (France)  »

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$66,567 (USA) (28 July 2000)

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$1,708,496 (USA) (5 January 2001)
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The opening sequence lasts for more than 7 minutes with a monologue by Vanessa Paradis. In the DVD commentary, director 'Patrice Leconte' says that a single shot was necessary using several cameras. See more »

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In the hospital where Adele and Gabor bet on the fly, the wagered watch is on the desk before Gabor hands it to Adele. In the next shot the watch is back on the desk. See more »

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Another Stylish Film From Patrice Leconte
3 November 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Here's another very, very different movie. The dialog is quite different and so is the fact that it's a modern movie filmed in black-and-white. It is part romance, comedy and drama.

The camera-work is excellent, but that's no surprise considering Patrice Leconte is the director. He's my favorite European director because his films are visual feasts. His facial closeups and different camera angles are fascinating.

Vanessa Paradis is captivating as the female lead character "Adele." She's unusual in that she has a very pretty face but horrible teeth! It's tough not to focus on both the face and teeth at the same time. The dialog between her and "Gabor" (Daniel Auteuil) is different, at least for me as an American. I think the French have a totally different sense of humor....and are superstitious, big-time.

I wish the tape had been dubbed, so I could have concentrated more on the great visuals instead of having to read the subtitles.


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