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The Lovers on the Bridge (Version française) [Import]

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  • Actors: Juliette Binoche, Denis Lavant, Daniel Buain, Klaus-Michael Grüber, Marion Stalens
  • Directors: Leos Carax
  • Writers: Leos Carax
  • Producers: Alain Dahan, Albert Prévost, Bernard Artigues, Christian Fechner, Hervé Truffaut
  • Format: Color, DVD-Video, Subtitled, NTSC, Import
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: Miramax
  • Release Date: Jan. 13 2004
  • Run Time: 125 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B0000DZ3DW
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One of the most beautiful films ever made. Clear proof that Juliette Binoche is one of the (if not the) greatest actresses of the age. Lacking, perhaps, in subtext or moral complexity - absences which would ordinarily prevent me from branding a film a great work of art, the extraordinary beauty (which I confess brought me to tears during the fireworks sequence,) the brilliant acting, the homages (especially to L'Atlante,) the inexorable progression from despair to hope all lead me to the conclusion that this is one of the greatest films ever made.
I was fortunate enough to see this first in a theatre (the Walter Reed at Lincoln Center) so the full impact of the beauty of the film came through better than would be possible on a home system. However, I bought the DVD from Amazon UK several years ago and it is well worth owning.
Following Boy Meets Girl (very good) and Mauvais Sang (wonderful,) the followup to Lovers on the Bridge which was Pola X was staggeringly disappointing and undiciplined. Worth owning largely for Scott Walker's brilliant soundtrack I could only look at it aghast and wonder what happened.
There is nothing even scheduled by Carax in the new "improved"(?) Amazonified imdb. We can only hope that he returns with something even approaching having the sense of wonder and intensity of this masterpiece.
Not just worth owning, but utterly mandatory.
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By A Customer on July 24 2002
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this movie may come off as a simple love story, but let's face it, it's not. like most anything done by carax, it's more about film, and its semiological consequences, than anything else. this film, number three by carax, shows a strong truffaut influence, e.g. tirez sur le pianiste. though not as experimental as pola x, and not as indebted to godard as boy meets girl, there are clear tributes to vigo throughout. self-conscious, highly symbolic, intertextual. carax may be the finest director of his generation. just consider his very human treatment of lavant's character, for example. only truffaut, or maybe bresson, compares to that kind of characterization, though surely an ironic "realism" given the context of this film. all in all, this is a great achievement.
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this movie is a complex love story with stunning visuals. there are a few scenes that really breathe scorcese, but most of the film feels very fresh and unlike anything else i've ever seen. the energy that this film possesses is breathtaking. definitely worth watching.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars May 9 2016
By Colin Hugh Doyle - Published on
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Scent of Heartbreak March 20 2005
By David S. Jenkins - Published on
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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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3.0 out of 5 stars Binoche in a Different Light March 10 2009
By Mark S. Finks - Published on
Format: VHS Tape Verified Purchase
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. It is advantageous to see here attempt something so different from her other work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Broken bridges... Sept. 11 2012
By Andrew Ellington - Published on
Format: DVD
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). We feel as though we know them inside and out, and that is a feat in itself. Really though, this is Leos Carax's story and his film and he carries it marvelously. The film is visually enriched by sharp cinematography and an understanding of the importance of emotional conveyance through imagery.

This is a love affair that is far removed from what we are used to. It isn't glamorous or lavish and yet it feels all the more earnest and sincere. When the film ends, you will most definitely be moved!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Nobody loves you when you're down and out Feb. 27 2008
By Junglies - Published on
Format: DVD
I found this early work of Juliet Binoche to be both intriguing, very credible but a bit over the top. This is a reluctant love story to say the least but the selection of three odd bods as characters to highlight the problems of homelessness in modern urban societies is a very real device indeed.

Viewers may wish to watch this in conjunction with Subway, to gain a little different perspective. I think that the thematic element of art which ties all three together acts to expose the commonly held view of what constitutes art to the test. These disparate group of artists suffer much for their artbut because there is not the popular acclaim they are consigned to the dustbin of history.

What I find particularly interesting is the development of the character of the fireater who performs to free public acclaim but who drowns his personal problems in alcohol and downers. As the film progresses he slowly begins to change into a more "normal" type of a person who can express his emotions through interacting with a self-pitying selfish woman who is becoming blind.

There is more than a touch of the surreal throughout the movie and much pathos but within an urban context where there is little consideration for the down and outs such that drivers never even notice them as they drive over them on the street. Is this what modern life has become?

My main reservation is about the happy ending which just seems to be out of place given the storyline. Definitely more substantial than the usual entertainment films but one where the consumer is left wanting more.