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In Seine plot, soggy ending.
on 6 March 2005
The two words that I would choose to describe this film are not usually connected in the context of describing a single item, they are; "unusual" and "predictable".
French cinema has a well-deserved reputation for innovation and a certain trademark "quirkiness", which "Girl on the Bridge" has in abundance.
The "everyday story" of a young would-be suicide victim (poised on a bridge, ready to throw herself into the river Seine) and the circus performer who rescues her and takes her under his wing, "La Fille sur la Pont" (sounds better in French, don't you think?) manages to beguile the senses with it's fast-paced adventurousness, Parisean scenery and knife-throwing sequences.
The relationship between the two lead characters is (intentionally) a little hard to decipher and we are not given too much time to ponder this as the pair embark upon their whirlwind tour of the country. Even tough the film is shot in black and white, when it plays back in my head - it's all in glorious Technicolor! Such is the power of the cinematography.
I really enjoyed "suspending my disbelief" and riding along with Adele and Gabor as they, in turn, rode their seemingly endless luck. My biggest worry throughout this film was that the ending may turn out to be as "naff" and predictable as the rest of the film was thrilling and unpredictable. Disasterously, this proved to be the case!
Despite this, I'd still recommend it to just about everyone. Vanessa Paradis proves beyond any doubt that she's "more than just a pretty face" (something that singing "Joe le Taxi" never really helped her to convey) and Daniel Auteuil makes a charismatic, if somewhat too old to be credible, (sorry Daniel) screen partner.