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Amants du Pont-Neuf, Les (1991)

Original Title : Amants du Pont-Neuf, Les
Director : Leos Carax
Writer : Leos Carax
Genre : Drama
Romance
Country : France
Language : French
Producer : Bernard Artigues , Alain Dahan (I) , Christian Fechner , Albert Prévost , Hervé Truffaut
Music : David Bowie
Benjamin Britten
Dmitri Shostakovich
Photography : Jean-Yves Escoffier
MPAA Rating : Rated R for violence, language, sexuality/nudity and substance abuse.
IMDB ID : 0101318
Official site : http://www.miramax.com/pls/front_con/mp.entryPoint?action=1&midStr=1090
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poster for "Amants du Pont-Neuf, Les" by Leos Carax (1991)
Amants du Pont-Neuf, Les (1991) - Leos Carax
 

Starring

Juliette Binoche Michèle Stalens
Denis Lavant Alex
Klaus-Michael Grüber Hans
Daniel Buain Alex's vagrant friend
Marion Stalens Marion
Chrichan Larsson Julien
Paulette Berthonnier Barge operator
Edith Scob La femme en voiture
 

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.
 

Comments

Extraordinary love story I wouldn't say this is the best movie of the year but I still truly enjoyed it. It's a fabulous love-story between a man and a woman who share their love on a bridge under construction in beautiful Paris (they're homeless). Juliette Binoche and Denis Lavant both offer solid performances. Out of 100, I gave it 80.
 
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Amants du Pont-Neuf, Les (1991) - Leos Carax
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