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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.

Director:

Leos Carax

Writer:

Leos Carax
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 4 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Juliette Binoche ... Michèle Stalens
Denis Lavant ... Alex
Daniel Buain Daniel Buain ... L'ami clochard / Alex's vagrant friend
Klaus-Michael Grüber Klaus-Michael Grüber ... Hans
Marion Stalens Marion Stalens ... Marion
Chrichan Larsson Chrichan Larsson ... Julien (as Chrichan Larson)
Paulette Berthonnier Paulette Berthonnier ... La marinière / Barge operator
Roger Berthonnier Roger Berthonnier ... Le marinier / Barge operator
Edith Scob ... La femme en voiture
Georges Aperghis Georges Aperghis ... L'homme en voiture
Michel Vandestien Michel Vandestien ... Le pompier
Georges Castorp Georges Castorp ... Un endormi
Marc Desclozeaux Marc Desclozeaux ... Un endormi
Alain Dahan Alain Dahan ... Un endormi
Pierre Pessemesse Pierre Pessemesse ... Un endormi
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Storyline

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.

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

2 July 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Lovers on the Bridge See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$28,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$29,679, 4 July 1999, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$117,569, 1 August 1999
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

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 »


Soundtracks

Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge: Opus 10
composed by Benjamin Britten
performed by Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
conducted by Ronald Thomas
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This is what cinema is all about!
20 February 2004 | by yossarian100See all my reviews

The Lovers on the Bridge boldly reminded me this is what cinema is all about. Strong performances, exceptional cinematography, and wonderfully creative direction highlight this truly "must see" movie. There are many scenes in this film which actually took my breath away and some of the music did the same. The story and characters are disturbingly brutal but that is offset by some amazing imagery. My highest recommendation!


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