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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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  • 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 (31 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000DZ3DW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #108,181 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Lovers on the Bridge" on IMDb

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By David S. Jenkins on 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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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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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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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, 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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