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Girl on the Bridge [DVD]

Vanessa Paradis , Daniel Auteuil , Patrice Leconte    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Vanessa Paradis, Daniel Auteuil, Frédéric Pfluger, Demetre Georgalas, Catherine Lascault
  • Directors: Patrice Leconte
  • Writers: Serge Frydman
  • Producers: Christian Fechner, Hervé Truffaut
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 20 Nov 2000
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004YVED
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,110 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Circus knife-thrower Gabor (Daniel Auteuil) dissuades Adèle (Vanessa Paradis) from committing suicide and takes her on as his partner, tying her to a board each night and hurling his knives at her. The act is an immediate success and the pair take off for a series of adventures across the Mediterranean. An unusual romantic comedy with memorable cinematography and performances from Auteuil and Paradis.

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: French ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), English ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (2.35:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Interactive Menu, Scene Access, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: It's night on a Paris bridge. A girl leans over Seine River with tears in her eyes and a violent yearning to drown her sorrows. Out of nowhere someone takes an interest in her. He is Gabor, a knife thrower who needs a human target for his show. The girl, Adele, has never been lucky and nowhere else to go. So she follows him. They travel along the northern bank of the Mediterranean to perform and in the process win a big fortune through gambling. Although both of them continue a platonic relationship, the sex-starved girl attempts to sleep with handsome guys she encounters throughout the journey. Finally, Adele falls in love with a newly-wed groom and both of them elope to Greece, while Gabor is stuck in Turkey. Then Adele is dumped by the groom. Only by now both Gabor and Adele realize that luck isn't with them unless they get together again. But both of them are so broke that they can't even feed themselves, let alone getting back to Paris and reunite... SCREENED/AWARDED AT: BAFTA Awards, Ceasar Awards, Golden Globes, ...The Girl On the Bridge ( La Fille sur le pont )

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68 of 68 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Girl on the Bridge 28 Aug 2006
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This is a beautiful little story about a knife-thrower who rescues a girl from attempting suicide and who, very quickly, after employing her as his assistant, strikes up a psychic bond with her. It is not until the end, after numerous obstacles, when she rescues him back that they realise that they have no choice but to spend the rest of their lives together. It is beautifully shot in black and white, and exquisitely acted by both Auteuil and Paradis, you can not help but fall in love with them.
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48 of 49 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Touching 23 Nov 2000
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Format:DVD
This is a beautiful film, visually as well as in content. It is shot stylishly in black and white and has a very timeless classic feel to it, with a bursting jazz soundtrack and the main action centring around the antiquated art of knife throwing. Daniel Auteuil is perfect and completely convincing as the knife thrower who rescues Adele, a suicidal nymphomaniac, played by Vanessa Paradis, who is mesmerising in the title role. Gabor tells Adele that "the audience has to fall in love with you" and we all do. Every thud of the knife makes the pulse race, even when you know the outcome. In one gorgeous scene the pair do their act alone and it is so intimate and private but it's touching as well as sensual, which pretty much sums it up, beautiful, sexy and moving, one of the few romantic comedies that I like. There is only a slightly odd trailer.
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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magical and delightful!! 23 Jan 2006
By film fan VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
I fell in love with this whimsical and delightful film the first moment I saw it at my local film society three or so years ago. Since then I have purchased it on DVD and watched it again. The same feeling came over me. A lovely film.
The plot is engaging enough. A girl (Vanessa Paradis), who feels her life isn't worth living anymore, is standing on the edge of a bridge contemplating suicide when a stranger (Daniel Auteuil) comes along and rescues her from her fate. He turns out to be a lonely knife-thrower looking for an assistant who will join him as he performs across Europe. They strike up a strange and remarkable friendship. They both give each other luck and they are very successful. But when they go their separate ways, they find themselves lost and abandoned realising that they need each other more than ever and there's a spark when they're together. Cause when they are alone their luck dissolves into nothing.
It's a magical and delightful piece about companionship and always trusting the one who cares the world about you. Held together by two mesmerising performances from Vanessa Paradis and Daniel Auteuil, this is one film that only the French could pull off so well. If Hollywood had made it, it would have been a disaster. The French seem to have a knack for making films like this. They do it so well and they manage to pull it off with assurance. This film is a lovely French gem and I should add that it works rather well in black and white.
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62 of 65 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny, romantic and utterly captivating... 28 May 2006
Format:DVD
"The Girl on the Bridge" ("La Fille Sur Le Pont") is a rare gem of a film which can be a romantic comedy, a tragedy and a suspense film all rolled into one. With powerhouse performances from Daniel Auteuil and Vanessa Paradis, this film will have you laughing and squirming in your seat at the same time. I defy anyone to actually stop the film and make a cup of coffee. I couldn't take my eyes off it.

Paradis is a lonely, depressed 21 year old woman at the end of her rope. The opening scene is pure quality as her character, Adele, explains her frustration at the mercy of the love / sex dichotomy; her composure slowly crumbling along the way. She goes to a bridge in Paris to end it all and meets Gabor (Auteuil), a burnt out 40+ year-old circus knife thrower. Gabor explains that he stands on bridges looking for desperate women to partner him in his act. Rather than sacrificing his dignity in order to disuade her from suicide, Gabor resorts to reverse psychology and both of them wind up in the river. In the hands of an older man, Adele learns a level of self control she never had and Gabor gets the co-worker he has always wanted and needed. As a partnership, they are complete but it will depend on Adele's ability to deny herself the thing which has brought her undone for so long. Denying her fear in the act is easier.

The first time they appear in public, Gabor goes all-out to impress his audience, gambling on the symbiosis of their relationship with a maximum risk performance. The scene is truly gut wrenching and frightening; an exploration of the voyeurism in humans which will attract us to such an act. The brutality of the thump as the knife hits the backboard has them squirming in their seats and Adele and Gabor discover something new about themselves.
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE STORY WITH A CUTTING TWIST 14 Jan 2005
Format:DVD
Vanessa Paradis (Adelle) plays a sad 22 year old woman whose life has been strewn with failures and disappointments. In a single take lasting ten minutes, Paradis transforms before our eyes from an indifferent minx into a tearful plaintiff. That's terrific acting!
Adelle grew up believing sex is what life is all about, and so she never learned how to say "no" to any man or boy. Daniel Auteuil (Gabor) is an over 40 year old, tall, dark, contemplative knife throwing artiste who never smiles and has haunting eyes. After Adelle opens the film with a wryly amusing monologue on the failure of her life, an early scene places her perched in the middle of a bridge over the River Seine on a wintry night. Just as she is .......
The black and white format lends drama to this often very funny movie. After they wind up in the icy water and in a hospital, Gabor virtually ....... Their odyssey takes the pair through ........ as Gabor's act becomes increasingly dangerous . . . and sensual. Adelle continues to be distracted by "trying on, like new clothing" one young man after another while the duo travel from gig to gig in the south of France and Italy. But something profound develops between Adelle and ....... scene that is so well acted and filmed that we are presented with an erotic pas de deux between the couple that transcends pedestrian sex.
This film is a French fanatasy romance which is funny and erotic in a Hitchkokian way (e.g., Eva Marie Saint and Cary Grant train scenes in "North by Northwest"). What we don't see has a bigger impact on us than what is so skillfully placed before our eyes. The movie asks the question: can a beautiful young woman who has given up hope, live with a man twice her age whose art and life need her?
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Unusual film
Very french and very different to mainstream films you may be used to. Daniel Auteuil and Vanessa Paradis give great performances as the leads.
Published 6 days ago by fastforwardfan
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
The Girl On The Bridge directed by Partice Leconte has Gabor (Daniel Auteuil) in a somewhat surreal way, angelic in how he is with Adèle (Vanessa Paradis) who he finds on a... Read more
Published 14 days ago by andy
5.0 out of 5 stars one of my favourite films: so smart and funny and touching
one of my favourite films: so smart and funny and touching. and sexy and stylish :) both the leads are excellent. cant miss this one guys...
Published 2 months ago by Miss J R Austin
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
well acted, pathos, emotion, well presented and believable plot
Published 2 months ago by Mr. Alastair Burnett
5.0 out of 5 stars Vanessa Paradis.
Class act to follow...........Pure French Cinema Much Much Better than Hollywood CRAP.....I only hope that the general public can see through hollywoods Blue Screen.
Published 3 months ago by Kevin O`Brien
5.0 out of 5 stars Superstylish and fun too!
The French have a reputation for thinking themselves the leaders in style. On the basis of this film, they aren't wrong! Read more
Published 5 months ago by J. L. Edwards
5.0 out of 5 stars Girl on a Bridge
Dramatic, amoral and fascinating. The bizarre tale of two people who were lucky together and unlucky apart drove the story. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Jonathon Swift
4.0 out of 5 stars To love is to risk, ....take a risk and watch ? you will end up...
A girl on a bridge is preparing to take her own life. Adele (Vanessa Paradis) looks determined to jump but a passing stranger offers her an alternative ending. Read more
Published on 15 Aug 2012 by S. F. husseiny
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favourite films ever
This quirky, visually stunning film is a must see. The sound track is also amazing. All-in-all a great film! Give it a go and you won't be dissapointed.
Published on 4 Aug 2012 by C. Marquez Salazar
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, magical and spellbinding b&w
This movie will remain long in your thoughts after viewing, perhaps forever more.
It is beautifully filmed in b&w and characters almost leap forth from the screen with
a... Read more
Published on 16 Feb 2012 by Eco Traveller
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