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The Girl on the Bridge (1999)

La fille sur le pont (original title)
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One night, a fading entertainer intervenes when a woman contemplates suicide, beginning a strange, unpredictable relationship.

Director:

Patrice Leconte

Writers:

Serge Frydman (dialogue), Serge Frydman (screenplay)
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 6 wins & 17 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Vanessa Paradis ... Adèle
Daniel Auteuil ... Gabor
Frédéric Pfluger Frédéric Pfluger ... Contortionist
Dimitris Georgalas Dimitris Georgalas ... Takis (as Demetre Georgalas)
Catherine Lascault Catherine Lascault ... Irene
Isabelle Petit-Jacques Isabelle Petit-Jacques ... Bride
Mireille Mossé Mireille Mossé ... Miss Memory
Didier Lemoine Didier Lemoine ... TGV Ticket Conductor
Bertie Cortez Bertie Cortez ... Kusak
Stéphane Metzger Stéphane Metzger ... Italian Waiter
Claude Aufaure Claude Aufaure ... Suicide Victim
Farouk Bermouga Farouk Bermouga ... TGV Waiter
Nicolas Donato Nicolas Donato ... Mr. Loyal
Enzo Etokyo Enzo Etokyo ... Italian Megaphone
Giorgios Gatzios 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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seine | greece | tears | knife | love | See All (155) »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some sexuality | See all certifications »

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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

After the train has passed, Gabor steps off the rail, and again after the cut. See more »

Quotes

Adèle: Learn to lose, or you'll take wining for granted.
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Per Domenico Morelli
Performed by Banda Ionico
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Brilliant and Enchanting. The most beautiful example of poetic realism in modern cinema
27 May 2000 | by mpakleppaSee all my reviews

For years I was asking myself: the beauty of the early French films, the poetic realism, the simplicity and magic of the early Italian neorealists - where have they gone? I was missing that moment of pure cinema magic, the feel of people, the love for life in the movies. The unforgettable pictures of our childhood created by people like Carne and Vigo, Rene Clair, de Sica and Fellini. Now they are back. Patrick Leconte has created a very original, highly enjoyable little masterpiece that has it all in a modern movie. This beautiful black and white love story is a great moment of contemporary cinema that leaves you with that deeply happy feeling, that cinema sometimes seem to have forgotten about. As a producer and director myself, I was searching for a long time for any modern piece of film that picks up on that wonderful poetic movie tradition that combines reality with a flowing, surreal dream-like storytelling that your heart directly understands. Leconte's gentle and lighthearted, yet perfect command of visual language and editing makes this simple little story about a knife-thrower and cabaret artist and his "victim" and partner, a suicidal young woman, one of my happiest cinema experiences in the last 20 years. That people do this kind of movies these days, gives you hope. We need more movies like this. This is a film that nobody should miss that loves poetry, love, life and circus as major elements of cinema and human existence. Congratulations to Patrice Leconte and his inspired DP Jean Marie Dreujou.


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Official Sites:

Paramount Classics

Country:

France

Language:

French | Italian | Greek

Release Date:

31 March 1999 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Girl on the Bridge See more »

Filming Locations:

Athens, Greece See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$66,567, 30 July 2000

Gross USA:

$1,708,496
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2.35 : 1
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