Cover image for Les amants du Pont-Neuf The lovers on the bridge
Title:
Les amants du Pont-Neuf The lovers on the bridge
Author:
Carax, Léos, 1960.
Edition:
[DVD version].
Publication Information:
[Place of publication not identified] : Miramax Home Entertainment ; Burbank, CA : distributed by Buena Vista Home Entertainment, [2003]
Physical Description:
1 videodisc (126 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Summary:
A homeless artist who is losing her sight finds herself drawn into a passionate relationship with a troubled street performer. Despite all obstacles, they find love and shelter on the famed Pont-Neuf bridge in Paris. But in time, their unlikely love will be tested as the artist's secret past catches up with her.
General Note:
Widescreen

Videodisc release of the 1991 motion picture.

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Language:
French
Reading Level:
Rated R.
ISBN:
9780788818141
UPC:
717951004697
Format :
DVD

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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 become acquainted, and he learns that she is Michèle, a painter from a good suburban family who has taken to the streets in order to practice her art uninterruptedly until the time when she will inevitably lose her vision to a degenerative eye disorder. Alex earns his booze money through doing street theater: fire-eating and gymnastic routines. The two become buddies and lovers, share many adventures while practicing the arts of street survival, and even have some fun along the way. So close do they become that, when Alex is imprisoned for a violent act of jealousy, a newly cured Michèle visits him in prison and promises to meet him on the bridge when he is released. Despite this film's setting among the poor, it cost a lot of money to make: one of the big costs was the need to build a replica of the Pont-Neuf. ~ Clarke Fountain, Rovi