- Actors: Vanessa Paradis, Daniel Auteuil, Frédéric Pfluger, Demetre Georgalas, Catherine Lascault
- Directors: Patrice Leconte
- Writers: Serge Frydman
- Producers: Christian Fechner, Hervé Truffaut
- Format: PAL, Black & White, Anamorphic, Widescreen, HiFi Sound
- 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
- Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
- DVD Release Date: 20 Nov. 2000
- Run Time: 88 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 47 customer reviews
- ASIN: B00004YVED
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 43,316 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
The Girl on the Bridge 
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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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The black and white cinematography is something really special - it is hard to imagine the film being anywhere near as good if it had been shot in colour. Daniel Auteuil and Vanessa Paradis work really well together in the two lead roles and the supporting cast are also great. The music should also get a special mention. The film, although not full of songs and music, what music is there is really well chosen for the film.
To sum up I would say that everything about this charming film is a delight to the senses and I would highly recommend The Girl On The Bridge to anyone who would appreciates a well directed, well acted and well shot black and white French film that is not your usual clichéd romance.
They both have serious emotional issues wrapped up in suicidal depression, which I would have thought was a bad start for a relationship built on a knife throwing act. Part of their theatrical success is that neither of them seem too concerned about the consequences of a knife through the head.
However they encounter vast amounts of good luck and phenomenal twists of fate when together and come to realise that without each other, life isn't too good on any level. Some scenes are full of tension such as the one where Vanessa Paradis' character is concealed behind a curtain for the knife throwing act, whereas others are as deeply sensual as they are surprising. For example they do the routine for their own pleasure near a railway line after the director had led the viewer to expect them to consumate their feelings in a very different way. And yet it works!
The way the two speak to each other even when in different countries is a clever twist, and it's never clear if this is just the style of the film or a peculiar psychic bond, or if they're just two similar people speaking to no-one but themselves.
The locations and backdrops to the film are superb and probably down to the whim of the production team - France, Italy, a cruise liner, Athens, Istanbul, all of which look sublime in the bright b&w film.
On the down side there are no extras to speak of which is a shame. But then again it's a very enjoyable quirky fantasy which will not let you down and therefore it's one I'd recommend. It's a good one late at night.
If only this was available on BluRay I'd gladly buy it again.
I love this movie. I've always liked anything that Auteuil does so was bound to watch this and what a feast it is. My one regret is the movie is b/w although you hardly notice once you are into it because it's so charming a story.
I was particularly struck by the use of the knife-throwing act to become an erotic experience - what a clever theme.
I do not object to the ending that some call sugary. I think it is absolutely the right ending. We don't have to have all fantasy movies ending as tragedies just to please people who don't like happy endings. There are far too many movies that twist the story to ensure the ending is as miserable as possible which has been "fashionable" for some time and is becoming so tedious. The French are as much guilty of this as any others, seeming to all too often delight in dismal endings. So it was pleasing to discover that they did manage to find a happy ending for this delightful fantasy. After all, it is a fantasy, not meant to be real life, so we don't have to have everyone ending up miserable as sin or proudly wallowing in some idea that a movie is always better if everything ends in pain, loss and sorrow. Accolades to the writer and director for ensuring this movie at least could leave us feeling fulfilled and happy instead of dismally accepting life can't ever really be happy - which is completely illogical. Fashion isn't everything.
Not a huge amount happens, though the suspense is tremendous. It is quite hard to imagine this being made by anyone other than the French, it would get cheered up and prettified beyond recognition by anybody else.
The monochrome seems entirely suitable to both the mood and the setting, and VP dazzles in any context.
Few extras at all, though English subtitles are optional. Not a film for casual viewing, but worth a proper effort.
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