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

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  31 March 1999 (France)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Frédéric Pfluger ...
Demetre Georgalas ...
Catherine Lascault ...
Isabelle Petit-Jacques ...
Mireille Mossé ...
Miss Memory
Didier Lemoine ...
TGV Ticket Conductor
Bertie Cortez ...
Stéphane Metzger ...
Italian Waiter
Claude Aufaure ...
Suicide Victim
Farouk Bermouga ...
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Nicolas Donato ...
Mr. Loyal
Enzo Etokyo ...
Italian Megaphone
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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 <>

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Rated R for some sexuality | See all certifications »

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Girl on the Bridge  »

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


$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 »


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 »


Performed by Evangelos Korakakis
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Daniel Auteuil as charismatic as ever!
1 January 2009 | by (Hong Kong) – See all my reviews

This is a surreal and light-hearted romance story between a lonely middle-age man in solitude and a promiscuous young lady who decided there was no more to her life and would be desperate to try anything and put herself to the most of the extremes in a quest for excitement and sexual satisfaction. The fact that the movie was done in black-and-white added a layer of drama and mystery to the story. It seems to me that the writer was trying to get across a message that sometimes true love can surpass the materialistic desires like money, sex and lust, and the pair managed to find a unique and non-sexual way of connecting to each other.

Not a bad cinematic experience, especially with Daniel Auteuil being as charismatic and captivating as ever! There is something with this guy which you just can't find from other actors and which will glue you to the screen just to watch him in any type of actions with amazement. And he is one of those guys who can do the very witty and sometimes dream-like dialogues so naturally as in this movie that the audience will not be left with a feeling of pretentiousness or disbelief.

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