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The Lovers on the Bridge
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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).Read more ›
depiction of homeless life in Paris then, by turns, it's romantic, sweepingly beautiful, fable-like and nearly tragic.
All the actors are spellbinding as are the visuals of Paris. Many moments, including the breathtaking sequence
of the lovers speeding down the Seine surrounded by magnificent fireworks; their balletic, drunken dance on
the bridge; his fantastical, gymnastic fire-eating performance are unforgettable. The bold, passionate choices
of the director and the mesmerizing performances make you believe that even when life seems hopeless,
love is still possible.
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I bought this to replace a VHS in our local French video library. It's not a bad movie and is interesting in spots. Read morePublished on July 24, 2014 by Paul Kao
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 morePublished on March 19, 2014 by Anthony J. Flanagan
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 morePublished on February 6, 2013 by MR C A WATSON
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 morePublished on January 5, 2012 by L.A. Biker
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 morePublished on January 14, 2011 by technoguy
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 morePublished on December 5, 2009 by hypercreative
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