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The Lovers on the Bridge (1999)

Juliette Binoche , Denis Lavant , Leos Carax  |  R |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Juliette Binoche, Denis Lavant, Klaus-Michael Gruber
  • Directors: Leos Carax
  • Writers: Leos Carax
  • Producers: Christian Fechner
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: LIONSGATE
  • DVD Release Date: January 6, 2012
  • Run Time: 126 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000DZ3DW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #166,686 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Martin Scorsese presents Academy Award(r)*-winning star Juliette Binoche (The English Patient, Chocolat ) in a uniquely uplifting story of two misfits who risk everything for love! A homeless artist who is losing her sight, Michele (Binoche) finds herself drawn into a passionate relationship with a troubled street performer named Alex. Then, despite all obstacles, they together find love and shelter on the famed Pont-Neuf bridge in Paris. But, in time, their unlikely love will be tested as Michele's secret past catches up with her! With memorable performances from an outstanding cast - you'll be swept away by the stirring romance of this wonderfully inspired motion picture!

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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Scent of Heartbreak March 20, 2005
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Proof positive that the French function on an entirely different intellectual plane that their American counterparts. It's sometimes hard to believe that our two cultures inhabit the same planet. Imagine if your only island of sanity and security was an endangered bridge in the midst of one of the world's most exquisite cities. Imagine yourself without love or hope in the center of the most romantic of capitals. Imagine the moist chill as you awaken, hung over, under a sheet of plastic and litter, knowing your day holds nothing but the need to beg and steal to survive, devoid of any hope for salvation. And then imagine it all somehow turning towards a warmer sun... at least for the moment... after a crime you may or may not have committed. Think and feel what that moment would taste like. Binoche is captivating, riveting in a performance of courage and risk, an extraordinary actress by any measure. Paris has never seemed more beautiful, especially when devoid of human traffic in the hours where those from the other side of life wander its streets. An incredible film, and for anyone who has known heartbreak, a work that will imprint itself on your heart.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A film that puts a face on the homeless August 4, 2000
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Lovers on the Bridge is an intensely disturbing but ultimately life affirming film about a young woman artist named Michele,who after being jilted by her Lover decides to take to the street and live as a vagabond.She eventually takes up residence,with her cat Louisiana,on a bridge in Paris over the Seine river that's closed for repairs.She meets a young homeless man named Alex who has been on the street,the bridge in particular,much longer than Michele.He's lonely and he falls for her instantly.She's terrified of intimacy after what happened with her former Lover.To complicate matters,she has a rare eye disease that is destroying her eyesight.Binoche is totally convincing in her role.She conveys intelligence and an ethereal quality,you wonder how she could have come into this situation.It's easily an Oscar caliber performance.You wonder if she actually did live on the street during production.Denis Lavant as Alex,an insecure,shy,but ever hopeful street performer is just as effective as Binoche.You can feel his pain and frustration just by watching the expressions on his face.In spite of the situation he's in,he still inspires hope.The Director takes great care with the subject matter.He handles the issue of homelessness with compassion,respect,and affection.He wisely remains objective and allows the viewer to simply watch Michele and Alex's relationship develop.He never attempts to get you to pity or feel sorry for them.My only complaint with the story is that we never learn enough about Alex's past.How he reached this point and why.Filled with lush cinematography(the streets of Paris,the Seine river,some classic art work),an honest portrayal of the homeless,terrific performances by a talented cast,and some mesmerizing visuals(a fireworks display,water skiing on the Seine,Alex as a human flamethrower),Lovers on the Bridge is a film well worth your time.
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14 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A modern Fairytale July 1, 2000
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After Leos Carax's 1986 film Mauvais Sang (come on Miramax release it!) Juliette Binoche begged her then lover and director to never film her as a madonna again, and so the seeds for Les Amants du Pont Neuf were sown. Mauvais Sang features a luminous and fetishised Juliette Binoche as a mask like presence, with no physicallity. This was carried thorough to the wonderful The Unbearable Lightness of Being, but Carax exploded the image in his film. The story is simple, two down and outs meet fall in love, yet despite the harsh realities of life, and love, on the streets they live out an exciting and romantic (in all the senses of the word) existance. This movie is relevant for its amazing visual and tour de force performances. Binoche is simply standout, she seems to live the role, something she later admitted deeply disturbed her. The film is fabulously directed from the grainy opening sequence to the amazing fireworks scene and the exilirating conclusion. The film is littered with cinematic allusions from truffauts Les Quatre cents Coups, to L'Atlante. In terms of context the film is amazing because it juxtaposes harsh realities, the opening sequence and fairytale like fantasy. We are led to question what is actually real, from Binoche apparerntly committing murder to the street littered with gigantic litter. In the end Les Amants du Pont Neuf is a film which needs multiple viewing and some explaining or knowledge of French New Wave cinema to be wholly comprehended, yet it is cwertainly accessible for the majority of casual cinema goers! The film, as I always predicted, is only now beginning to get the recognition it trully deserves. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Broken bridges... September 11, 2012
I walked into this film blind. I just saw the title and the actors (named Binoche) and remembered my complete obsession over another French bridge movie (The Girl on the Bridge, from 2000) and just felt this rush of excitement as I sat down to watch this movie. The funny thing is that this movie is absolutely NOTHING like I expected it to be and yet it was everything I could have ever wanted. First of all, this is not a sweeping romantic film. It isn't pretty, in the typical sense (although the cinematography is lush and brilliantly used). Instead, this is a rather densely broken tale about unexpected lovers who build a life on a bridge under construction.

Upon the film's opening we see Alex, a homeless street performer, collapse in a drunken stupor and get practically run over. In the same breath, we see Michelle walking through the streets carrying a portfolio of her artwork. Next thing you know, they are sharing a bridge and concealing secrets and falling in love. Michelle is suffering from a severe disease that is corroding her eyesight and has obviously wreaked havoc on her life (since it becomes rather obvious early on that she at one time was wealthy) and so now she is living a life of destitution. Michelle is distant and reserved and obviously shielding herself from affections, but Alex thrusts himself into her life and starts to (rather aggressively) build a relationship with her. They complement one another and draw each other out in ways that others could not.

But love is never easy, especially if you're homeless.

Binoche and Lavant build very complex characters and develop them thoroughly throughout the film, even without letting us know their pasts entirely (there is still much mystery left to Michelle's past, even at the film's closing).
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4.0 out of 5 stars Gritty Frenchies
Pont Neuf is on the pedestrian route from the famous Gilbert Jeune bookstore, to the Forum Les Halles - a good central point for a visitor to Paris. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Anthony J. Flanagan
5.0 out of 5 stars If you succumb to its charms, it will haunt you forever!
This is a wonderfully magical, although at times, erratic and unbelievable film. It starts off as a gritty
depiction of homeless life in Paris then, by turns, it's romantic,... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Grant Robbin
4.0 out of 5 stars some harsh reviews
While Lovers on the Bridge does not approach Girl on a Bridge, Patrice Leconte's B & W masterpiece (one of his many great films), and lacks greatness certainly, it is in my opinion... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Film is more than entertainment
3.0 out of 5 stars Les Amants Du Pont-Neuf
The film is not fun to watch. It is 'demanding'. The young couple are living in poverty but are pretty feckless. It is rather like a Mike Leigh movie without his humour. Read more
Published 17 months ago by MR C A WATSON
1.0 out of 5 stars Utterly cr@ptastic!
This movie starts slowly & drags on from there. There is nothing appealing about this film: even the lovely Juliet Binoche is made up to look horrible most of the time, & at best... Read more
Published on January 5, 2012 by L.A. Biker
5.0 out of 5 stars The bridge of sighs
The raw depiction of the homeless greet you in the opening scenes.The child-like down-and-out Alex(Lavant) has made his home on the Pont-Neuf bridge during its temporary closure... Read more
Published on January 14, 2011 by technoguy
1.0 out of 5 stars One of the Worst Movies Ever Made
This movie is loud, annoying and cliche. It romanticizes poverty and violence. Waterskiing on the Seine, and blind, coughing, limping amore-corniness to the point of pain. Read more
Published on December 5, 2009 by hypercreative
3.0 out of 5 stars Binoche in a Different Light
Interesting film. Its portrayal of homelessness and artistic bohemianism has a ring of authenticity. This is s very different sort of role for Juliette Binoche. Read more
Published on March 10, 2009 by Mark S. Finks
3.0 out of 5 stars Nobody loves you when you're down and out
I found this early work of Juliet Binoche to be both intriguing, very credible but a bit over the top. Read more
Published on February 27, 2008 by Junglies
1.0 out of 5 stars Tries too hard to be artistic
Late one night I happened to be flipping through channels with my boyfriend when we stopped at the Independant Film Channel to watch what we thought would be an amusing French... Read more
Published on September 4, 2007 by Elyse M. Kuriata
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