Les Amants du Pont-Neuf

Following a spell in a hostel for the homeless after he is injured by a hit-and-run driver, fire-eater Alex (Lavant) returns to his open-air home on Paris's oldest bridge. There, besides his drugs supplier Hans (Gruber), he finds a new tenant: Michèle (Binoche), a middle-class art student who has taken to the streets for as long as her failing sight holds. Tentatively, Alex and Michèle embark on a drunken, anarchic, mutually healing affair - but she is haunted both by the prospect of blindness and by a previous, painful romance, while he is increasingly consumed by jealousy. Set against the extravagant backdrop of France's bicentennial shenanigans, Carax's tale of amour fou is even bolder than Boy Meets Girl and Mauvais Sang. It's filled with ecstatic imagery which manages not to jar after the gritty realism of the early scenes, and constitutes a heady anthem to abstracted, mad passion: at once a modern fairy tale and a cinephile's folie de grandeur, frequently exhilarating but never wholly free of pretentiousness.

Release details

Duration: 124 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Léos Carax
Screenwriter: Léos Carax
Cast: Juliette Binoche
Denis Lavant
Klaus-Michael Gruber
Daniel Buain
Crichan Larson
Paulette Berthonnier
Roger Berthonnier

Average User Rating

5 / 5

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Hal

This film is not for everyone. But it has fantastic performances by a young Juliet Binoche and Denis Lavant, a surreal Parisian setting on the Pont Neuf and the best water skiing sequence in film. Not to be missed.

Hal

This film is not for everyone. But it has fantastic performances by a young Juliet Binoche and Denis Lavant, a surreal Parisian setting on the Pont Neuf and the best water skiing sequence in film. Not to be missed.