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Les Amants Du Pont-Neuf [1992] [DVD]

Juliette Binoche , Denis Lavant , Leos Carax    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Juliette Binoche, Denis Lavant, Daniel Buain, Klaus-Michael Grüber, Marion Stalens
  • Directors: Leos Carax
  • Writers: Leos Carax
  • Producers: Alain Dahan, Albert Prévost, Bernard Artigues, 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 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Arrow
  • DVD Release Date: 30 July 2001
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005LDEY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 46,948 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Les Amants du Pont Neuf is a film that once more shows us Paris as a city of romance, but from a very different viewpoint than we might expect. The young lovers this time around are Alex and Michelle, two of the many homeless people sleeping rough on the streets of the capital. Their particular abode is the bridge of the title, the oldest such structure in the city, which they share with the older, wiser Hans. Gradually drawn together, they look for and find love in what is a particularly loveless and harsh environment. Director Leos Carax created a film that combined great beauty with an almost nightmarish reality, particularly in a gruesome opening image of a homeless hostel which seems to have a documentary feel to it. Juliette Binoche and Dennis Lavant are superb as the lovers, drawing us in to their world of joy, despair and anger. Ultimately, Les Amants du Pont Neuf manages to pull off that rare feat of being both visually stunning and emotionally engaging.

On the DVD: Paris may have been filmed countless times before and since, but rarely has its beauty been so captured as here. With the action taking place mainly at night or twilight, the colours are rich and vivid or ghostly pale; both extremes are beautifully captured on this format. Resplendent with many stunning set pieces (noteably the fireworks that light up the city), this is one of the most visually sumptuous films of recent years. Carax, too, makes great use of silence, allowing the sounds of the city to reflect the mood of his characters. Extras are sadly virtually non-existent beyond the usual scene selection and biographies, but the film's style demands that it be seen on the only format to do it justice. --Phil Udell

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Alex (Denis Lavant) is a Parisian down-and-out who returns from a homeless shelter to his more regular bed under Paris' oldest bridge, the Pont-Neuf. There he meets Michele (Juliette Binoche), a young painter who is slowly going blind. The pair fall in love, but their happy life together is sure to be disrupted when Michele's past catches up with her. Directed by the controversial Leos Carax, 'Les Amants du Pont Neuf' was, at the time of its release, the most expensive French film ever produced.

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77 of 80 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fall in love in 120 minutes ! 15 July 2001
Previously something of a wayward talent, Leos Carax harnessed his wild creativity to the greatest theme of all for this sumptuous love story. Juliette Binoche, never lovelier, plays an artist with failing eyesight and a broken heart who takes to the streets of Paris during the bicentennial celebrations. On the Pont Neuf, boarded up for renovations, she meets Alex -a volatile, childlike down and out ( an intense, vivid performance by Denis Lavant ) who gradually wins her over. Whilst other filmakers might have chosen to walk the young lovers along the Champs Elysees or sat them in the bars and bistros, Carax propels them giddily through a nocturnal fantasy world of sight and sound. There are more memorable set pieces here than you will find in a thousand Hollywood romances. Carax ran up the largest budget of any French language film and every franc is up on the screen. It would take a heart of granite not to be enthralled as Alex and Michelle dance drunk as skunks across the bridge as it is literally bombarded with fireworks from the city display, or as they steal a speedboat and waterski along the Seine with magnesium flares cascading down the banks of the river either side of them. "Les Amants Du Pont Neuf" has the snarl and snap of punk rock and the grace and charm of Gene Kelly. Anyone who has ever loved anyone should see it. DVD opens this film out from the grain and hiss of VHS into the most glorious cinematic experience. Grab a partner, get close and let it roar across the room and into your heart. Salut !
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nobody loves you when you're down and out 27 Feb 2008
I found this early work of Juliet Binoche to be both intriguing, very credible but a bit over the top. This is a reluctant love story to say the least but the selection of three odd bods as characters to highlight the problems of homelessness in modern urban societies is a very real device indeed.

Viewers may wish to watch this in conjunction with Subway, to gain a little different perspective. I think that the thematic element of art which ties all three together acts to expose the commonly held view of what constitutes art to the test. These disparate group of artists suffer much for their artbut because there is not the popular acclaim they are consigned to the dustbin of history.

What I find particularly interesting is the development of the character of the fireater who performs to free public acclaim but who drowns his personal problems in alcohol and downers. As the film progresses he slowly begins to change into a more "normal" type of a person who can express his emotions through interacting with a self-pitying selfish woman who is becoming blind.

There is more than a touch of the surreal throughout the movie and much pathos but within an urban context where there is little consideration for the down and outs such that drivers never even notice them as they drive over them on the street. Is this what modern life has become?

My main reservation is about the happy ending which just seems to be out of place given the storyline. Definitely more substantial than the usual entertainment films but one where the consumer is left wanting more.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Raw and beautiful 2 Feb 2007
By pv
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A visually beautiful, if sometimes disturbing, film with an excellent cast delivering first rate performances. I often think French actors are extremely underrated by international movie audiences and critics who can't be bothered with anything other than English. Denis Lavant, a French theatre actor, is a glaring example of one such under-appreciated Thespian. If he were American or from an English speaking country surely he would be a household name. His performance as Alex in Les Amants du Pont Neuf is a colossally impressive piece of work - as are his performances in his subsequent films.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Urban romance at its peak 26 Mar 2000
Format:VHS Tape
A thoroughly absorbing, contemporary film that stays with you forever. It is the only film that has ever inspired me to spend hours at a time on a bridge. I had to visit the Pont Neuf during daylight and moonlight, dusk and dawn. Some films leave you high, some films leave you low. Some films just never leave you.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Grim reality to Grimm fairytale of Paris 23 April 2009
Ouch! it starts crazy and carries on to expose a surreal mise en scene where grunts and tantrums serve as dialogue leading to a surprising spectacular visually stunning trip down the Seine. An array of beautiful and sometimes challenging little scenes. Suspend belief and let it take you to a contemporary Grimm fairytale. I could have done without the bit I dont want to tell you about as it may spoil the plot for you but by then i guess you'll believe anything is possible. Binoche acts her socks off but her artwork seems short sighted.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Off the wall Parisian romance 27 Jan 2006
By L. Davidson VINE VOICE
"Les Amants de Pont Neuf" is an unlikely love story featuring two derelicts Alex and Michele who sleep rough on the "Pont Neuf", a bridge in Paris which is closed to the public while it is being restored. Alex is a hardened down and out , a drug taker and alcoholic, who survives by stealing and performing various circus tricks in the streets. Michele is a runaway bourgeois artist , gradually losing her sight and in deep trauma over that prospect. They make for an unlikely couple given their different social backgrounds and at times they are unlikeable but they are drawn together by their shared despair, their spontaneity and their sensuality. The film is visually impressive with memorable scenes such as the dancing under the fireworks and the waterskiing ,while the acting and characterisation is also excellent , especially Binoche.However I didn't like the way the film , perhaps unintentionally , glamourised theft and violence and that prevented me from fully empathising with the couple.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Bought to improve my French (2)
I've been learning French and the tutor suggested we buy these films and watch them to help familiarise ourselves with spoken French. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Malcolm
3.0 out of 5 stars confusion and madness reign
In this film of Parisian outsiders we get a view of the world from those on the edge of it, or at least this seems to be the intent of the director. Read more
Published on 10 Dec 2011 by Mr. Robert Marsland
5.0 out of 5 stars The bridge of sighs
The raw depiction of the homeless greet you in the opening scenes.The child-like down-and-out Alex(Lavant) has made his home on the Pont-Neuf bridge during its temporary closure... Read more
Published on 14 Jan 2011 by technoguy
5.0 out of 5 stars damaged and beautiful
As good as cinema gets. This is a love story of the highest pedigree. If you believe in life,love,hurt and beauty then this film will remain a part of you forever.
Published on 11 Feb 2010 by Desmond Mcmahon
1.0 out of 5 stars Self-indulgent tripe
I saw the first five minutes of this film and thought it wasn't for me. Indeed as it move forward at the pace of comatose French snail, I cringed more and marvelled at the parody... Read more
Published on 14 Jun 2008 by William Cohen
1.0 out of 5 stars arrowfilms! DON"T BUY IT!!
Les Amants du Pont Neuf is one of the best film ever made but the DVD of the film edited is terrible! Read more
Published on 9 April 2008 by R. Fleury
3.0 out of 5 stars Bizzare
I'm not sure whether i liked this film to be honest, I guess it had it's plus points yet i dont feel compeeled to rewatch it at all and have irritations with it. Read more
Published on 14 Nov 2005
4.0 out of 5 stars Challenge to watch
This film challenges you to watch it. It is not too complicated to follow and it does not gets you thinking about great issues. Read more
Published on 3 Jan 2002
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