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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 (40 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004YVED
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,808 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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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. Gabor (Daniel Auteil) is a circus act on the search for an new assistant but is this where knife-throwers like him find their new targets or is this just love at first sight?

Adele takes a gamble on fate and enters Gabor's strange but exciting world. As a double act they breathe life into each other and rediscover good fortune. With Gabor's skill and Adele's stunning looks they take their act to the edge and are soon thrilling audiences across Europe.

Adele is in debt to Gabor for her new confidence in life and is sure it will help her find Mr. Right. However, the moment they are apart, luck deserts them and it is only now that they truly realize the effect they had on each other. This is a unique, enchanting romantic comedy that leaves a lasting impression.

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70 of 70 people found the following review helpful By Babooshka on 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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50 of 51 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 23 Nov. 2000
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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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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful By film fan VINE VOICE on 23 Jan. 2006
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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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64 of 67 people found the following review helpful By John Dynan on 28 May 2006
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"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 By F. Sweet on 14 Jan. 2005
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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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