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The Lovers on the Bridge ()

Les amants du Pont-Neuf (original title)
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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.

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  • Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 4 wins & 6 nominations.
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Michèle Stalens
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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
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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
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Voix off (voice)

Directed by

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Leos Carax

Written by

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Leos Carax ... ()

Produced by

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Bernard Artigues ... delegate producer
Alain Dahan ... associate producer
Christian Fechner ... producer
Albert Prévost ... executive producer
Hervé Truffaut ... executive producer

Cinematography by

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Jean-Yves Escoffier

Film Editing by

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Nelly Quettier

Production Design by

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Michel Vandestien

Art Direction by

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Franck Schwarz

Set Decoration by

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Irène Galitzine

Costume Design by

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Robert Nardone

Makeup Department

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Nathalie Champigny ... key hair stylist
Isabelle Legay ... key makeup artist
Valérie Tranier ... makeup artist

Production Management

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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

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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 / second assistant director
Hervé Renoh ... second unit director
Gilles Sionnet ... first assistant director: preparation

Art Department

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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

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Gilbert Courtois ... sound designer / 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

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Philippe Hubin ... special effects
Guy Monbillard ... special effects assistant
Isabelle Tillou ... pyrotechnician

Stunts

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Jean-Louis Airola ... stunts
Dany Roca ... stunts

Camera and Electrical Department

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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

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Christophe Bernard ... location scout

Music Department

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Fred Chichin ... musician: "Les amants" (as Les Rita Mitsouko)

Other crew

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Juliette Binoche ... poster designer
Corinne Fulconis ... staff
Vernice Klier ... script supervisor
Philippe Lévy ... production accountant
Brigitte Schmouker ... script supervisor

Thanks

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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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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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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Taglines Romance... In a most unlikely place. See more »
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Also Known As
  • L'amour entre une fils et un garçon (France)
  • Les amants de Paris (France)
  • The Lovers on the Bridge (World-wide, English title)
  • The Lovers on the Bridge (United States)
  • Les Amants du Pont-Neuf (United Kingdom)
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Runtime
  • 125 min
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Budget $28,000,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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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 »
Movie Connections Featured in Enquête sur un film au-dessus de tout soupçon (1991). See more »
Soundtracks Time Will Crawl See more »
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 »
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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