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)
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Cast

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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Storyline

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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Who Will Take My Dreams Away?
Written by Angelo Badalamenti, Marianne Faithfull
Performed by Marianne Faithfull
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Great acting, wonderful dialogues and beautiful cinematography
26 August 2000 | by hphillipsSee all my reviews

A 'quirky' story from a director who likes to keep the viewer guessing - as in the wonderful 'Hairdresser's Husband'.The dialogues are wonderful in this movie, far wittier than the semi-silly 'Ridicule'; Although the subtitles are not perfect (which they rarely are, it's a very tough craft), they were difficult to read on top of that, at least in the film print I saw. But the storyline and the relationship in the movie more than carries it. Because of the occasional awkward subtitling, some of the lines might seem sillier than they are in the original French. The black & white cinematography is truly outstanding, beautiful & fitting. Daniel Auteuil shows more physical liveliness in this role than usual, and he's a true pleasure to watch; but the heart of this movie is truly Vanessa Paradis - an outstanding performance, full of charm & and pathos. The chemistry between the principles is enchanting. Leconte has completely succeeded in presenting a 'higher love' story.


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Official Sites:

Paramount Classics

Country:

France

Language:

Turkish | 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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Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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