The Girl on the Bridge [DVD]
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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.
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.Read more ›
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?Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It's the problem with films of the 'fantasy' genre that unless the story and the writing are of absolutely top quality then one's ability to lose oneself amongst the words and the... Read morePublished 6 months ago by philip1805
A very "incisive" little story, mostly dependant on the wonderful Vanessa Paradis. However, it could only work with an actor of the stature of Auteil to carry of this story... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Archie
A slow film, which requires engagement from the viewer, and considerable suspension of disbelief.
Not a huge amount happens, though the suspense is tremendous. Read more
I love the quirky story line and the authentcation of the periodPublished 22 months ago by Tracy Huttlestone
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 23 months ago by fastforwardfan
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 morePublished 23 months ago by andy