Les Amants du Pont-Neuf (The Lovers on the Bridge) (1991)
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Paris has its share of homeless people, and some of them live in little communities near the oldest bridge in the city, the Pont-Neuf. In the story, street-person Alex (Denis Lavant) has passed out along a much-traveled road, and a taxi has slightly injured his leg, which was in the way of traffic. When he limps back to his usual resting spot under the bridge, he finds a surprisingly unspoiled young woman (Juliette Binoche) wearing an eye patch sleeping there and confronts her about it. They
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There are many moments of humor and wisdom in the unconventional courtship, not to mention genuine, almost painful emotion.
The third panel in Carax's trilogy (Boy Meets Girl, Bad Blood) is a thematically and visually exhilarating tale of mad love (amour fou), a genre for which the French have a special affinity.
... like the work of a flamboyant art student who thinks that he can illustrate a profound love story by firing cannonballs of paint at a canvas.
The Lovers on the Bridge is one of the most splendidly reckless films ever made -- the film that might have torn through the mind of Godard's Pierrot le Fou, after love made him paint his face blue and tie sticks of dynamite to his hair.
Leos Carax's inspiration for this film was Jean Vigo's masterpiece "L'Atalante" (1934).
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