Girl On The Bridge / 1999 by Patrice Leconte |Daniel Auteuil, Vanessa Paradis, Demetre Georgalas | 844503000293 | DVD | Barnes & Noble
Girl On The Bridge / 1999

Girl On The Bridge / 1999

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Director: Patrice Leconte

Cast: Daniel Auteuil, Vanessa Paradis, Demetre Georgalas

     
 

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A woman's long history of bad luck starts to change when she puts her life on the line in this romantic drama. Adèle (Vanessa Paradis) is a 22-year-old woman whose life seems to have been a long series of miscalculations; she's never had much luck with love, life, or career, and is standing on a bridge overlooking the Seine one night, contemplating suicide, when she's

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A woman's long history of bad luck starts to change when she puts her life on the line in this romantic drama. Adèle (Vanessa Paradis) is a 22-year-old woman whose life seems to have been a long series of miscalculations; she's never had much luck with love, life, or career, and is standing on a bridge overlooking the Seine one night, contemplating suicide, when she's approached by a man named Gabor (Daniel Auteuil). Gabor announces he's a knife-thrower who needs a new human target for his act. Would Adèle be interested? Adèle's immediate answer is to jump into the water, but after Gabor fishes her out and gets her to a hospital, she has a change of heart and the pair are soon on their way to Monaco, where Gabor gets a spot at a circus. Adèle and Gabor make a great team; he's good with knives, she's young and beautiful, and suddenly Adèle's luck starts to change. She visits a casino one night and comes home with a fortune, and even when Gabor throws blindfolded, she walks away without so much as a scratch. However, an obvious chemistry is brewing between the two, which leads to a dilemma: Gabor has a strict policy of never getting romantically involved with his partners. Will he make an exception, or is Adèle's new run of luck coming to an end?

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Maybe it's the fact that star Vanessa Paradis was once a model for Chanel, but the arty black-and-white film Girl on the Bridge has the look and feel of a TV commercial for Calvin Klein's Eternity. This is not to mock acclaimed French director Patrice Leconte, who also directed Monsieur Hire (1989) and The Hairdresser's Husband (1990), but rather to suggest that everything he films is awash in stylized beauty -- even the grizzled Daniel Autueil is suffused with erotic mystery under Leconte's lens. Autueil and Paradis, the latter a French singing superstar known in the United States as Johnny Depp's love interest, forge a soulful bond that carries this flight of fancy, which moves from one exotic locale to the next in casting its dreamy spell. While the film is essentially lighthearted, and often quite funny, Paradis does some impressive work in a weightier opening scene in which she recounts her sad history to an offscreen interviewer. Autueil, one of France's richest acting treasures, matches his usual high standards as the aging knife-thrower who saves Paradis' Adele from suicide. Because nearly every man who meets Adele is instantly smitten, Autueil's Gabor is refreshing in his unwillingness to claim ownership over his stage partner. It is her decision whether to reciprocate his platonic love or to continue on her prior ill-fated path. Theirs is an affair expressed through the one-on-one intimacy of their stage act, which is shot with such fetishistic intensity that it's sexier than most physical love scenes.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/01/2008
UPC:
0844503000293
Original Release:
1999
Rating:
R
Source:
Legend Films
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:31:00

Special Features

Closed Caption

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Daniel Auteuil Gabor
Vanessa Paradis Adèle
Demetre Georgalas Takis
Isabelle Petit-Jacques The Bride
Frederic Pfluger The Contortionist

Technical Credits
Patrice Leconte Director
Gregoire Barachin Asst. Director
Jean-Marie Dreujou Cinematographer
Christian Fechner Producer
Serge Frydman Screenwriter
Jean Goudier Sound/Sound Designer
Joëlle Hache Editor
Dominique Hennequin Sound/Sound Designer
Jean-Paul Hurier Sound/Sound Designer
Paul Laine Sound/Sound Designer
Ivan Maussion Art Director,Production Designer
Annie Périer Costumes/Costume Designer
Annie Perrier Costumes/Costume Designer
Hervé Truffaut Executive Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Girl on the Bridge
1. The Monologue [9:17]
2. The Bridge [4:34]
3. The Hospital [2:37]
4. An Introduction to Luck [2:17]
5. The Demonstration [3:16]
6. Sex On the Train [3:45]
7. The Makeover [4:45]
8. The Cabaret [6:06]
9. Throwing Blind [6:37]
10. The Casino [4:32]
11. Italy Gig [2:01]
12. The Lottery [5:16]
13. The Bus Boy [2:17]
14. The Train Station [4:58]
15. The Wheel of Death [2:54]
16. The Wedding [3:29]
17. Finding Mr. Right [2:59]
18. Finding a New Target [2:54]
19. Losing Mr. Right [4:31]
20. Searching [4:24]
21. About to Make a Mistake [8:07]

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