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The Lovers on the Bridge

7.4
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Original title
Les amants du Pont-Neuf
Year
Running time
125 min.
Country
France France
Director
Screenwriter
Leos Carax
Music
Miscellaneous
Cinematography
Jean-Yves Escoffier
Cast
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Producer
Films A2 / Gaumont International / Les Films Christian Fechner
Genre
Drama. Romance | Poverty. Disease. Social Drama. Cult Movie. Alcoholism
Synopsis / Plot
Set against Paris' oldest bridge, the Pont Neuf, while it was closed for repairs, this film is a love story between two young vagrants: Alex, a would be circus performer addicted to alcohol and sedatives and Michele, a painter driven to a life on the streets because of a failed relationship and an affliction which is slowly turning her blind. The film portrays the harsh existence of the homeless as Alex, Michele and Hans, an older vagrant survive on the streets with their wits. As they both slowly get their lives back together, Michele becomes increasingly dependent on Alex as her vision deteriorates further. Fearing that Michele will leave him if she receives a new medical treatment Alex attempts to keep Michele practically a prisoner. The streets, skies and waterways of Paris are used as a backdrop to the story in a series of stunning visuals which dominate the film.
Awards
1992: Nominated for BAFTA Awards: Best Foreign Language Picture
1991: César Awards: 2 Nominations, including Best Actress (Binoche)
1992: 3 European Film Awards: Best Actress (Binoche), Cinematography, Editing
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