Le Pont du Nord

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In this unreal walk through the streets of Paris, Marie (Bulle Ogier), a woman convicted of robbing a bank is just out from prison when she runs into Baptiste (Pascale Ogier) a young paranoid needing companionship, and the two team up for awhile. Marie's former boyfriend (Pierre Clementi) supplies them with a strange map of the city, suspicious because he keeps files on political figures that may be somehow linked to the map. A gangster nicknamed "Max" begins to track Marie and the already paranoid Baptiste, causing Marie to examine the map as though it held the clue to which sides of the city were "safe" and which were not. As the two women attempt to outsmart Max and unknown gangsters, they try to figure out the map - a task made all the more difficult by Baptiste's tendency to violent rushes of adrenaline and Marie's overworked imagination (a dragon at the North Bridge is a threat until Baptiste screams him down). Between the dragon and their own demons, Marie and Baptiste face frightening odds against coming out of this misadventure intact. ~ Eleanor Mannikka, Rovi


Critic Reviews for Le Pont du Nord

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  • The whole movie seems made of rebar.

    Aug 8, 2013 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

    Ty Burr

    Boston Globe
    Top Critic
  • In Rivette's rhapsodically probing view, the labyrinthine city of recondite romanticism and the bloody ideals of revolutionary heroism appear fated to vanish together ...

    Mar 25, 2013 | Full Review…
  • Modern life is the gauntlet run by these characters, though the film's bizarre, fascinatingly bitter finale ponders whether survival (and assimilation) is preferable to leaving it all behind.

    Mar 19, 2013 | Rating: 4/5

    Keith Uhlich

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • It seems more obvious than ever how much Rivette has influenced a subsequent generation of filmmakers-Spike Jonze, Charlie Kaufman, Michel Gondry-and expanded our sense of the possible.

    Mar 19, 2013 | Full Review…
  • What the Surrealists found in Louis Feuillade's World War I serials, we can find here. [Jacques] Rivette too renders the ordinary dreamlike by filming his fantasy-driven actors in the midst of life.

    Feb 22, 2019 | Full Review…
  • This entertaining and provocative work by the now 85-year-old director fits into his oeuvre as a complement to his best known movie among American art-film fans.

    Aug 8, 2017 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Le Pont du Nord

  • Mar 25, 2013
    Like Jacques Rivette's previous "Julie and Celine Go Boating," his film "Le Pont Du Nord" starts with a game of tag in Paris between two women, Marie(Bulle Ogier), who arrives in town on the back of a truck, and Baptiste(Pascale Ogier), who rides on a scooter. This games stops on the third try as Baptiste considers that it is fate that they keep running into each other. So, Baptiste who sees herself as something of a knight(she considers her leather jacket her armor) agrees to protect the more vulnerable Marie who is extremely claustrophobic after spending three years in jail and aid her in her search for Julien(Pierre Clementi) who carries a briefcase. The next game involves a map of Paris in Julien's briefcase that is marked off into separate squares. And as highly improvised as this bewildering movie feels at times(it does not have an ending, so much as comes to a sudden halt), it does actually have some coherent ideas on how Paris tries to overwrite its past, as Marie is forced to face the repercussions of her own radical past. This is conveyed ably by the movie's locations(unusually so for an urban set movie, about 98% of the locations are exteriors) of construction sites and abandoned railroad stations and other buildings.
    Walter M Super Reviewer

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