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The Girl On the Bridge (1999)

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Original title: Fille sur le pont, La


Release Date
• USA: Sep 4, 1999
DVD Release Date
• R2: 20 Nov 2000

MPAA Rating
Rated R for some sexuality.

Running Time
1 hour, 30 minutes

Country France

Studio Canal Plus, Films Christian Fechner, France 2 Cinema, Sofica Sofinergie 5, UGCF

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Other Titles
• The Girl On the Bridge (1999)
• La Fille sur le pont



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Genre: Romance, Drama, Psychodrama

Plot: In his magical, erotic eighteenth feature, French director Patrice Leconte (RIDICULE, MONSIEUR HIRE) captivates viewers from the first elegant black and white frame. In the prologue, fragile beauty Adele (Vanessa Paradis) recounts her wayward, sadly promiscuous past in a comically matter-of-fact manner. Despite the lighthearted telling, Adele sees her life (all twenty-two years of it) as a tragic run of bad luck, leading her to a bridge on the Seine. She is saved from suicide by the arrival of Gabor (Daniel Auteuil) who jumps in after her. After the rescue, Gabor whisks Adele away to be the new assistant for his knife-throwing act. She blooms under his tutelage, and Gabor reaches new heights of his craft conceding that before Adele, he too, was lost. They happily traverse the Mediterranean, performing for thrilled crowds, and find they share a mystical, telepathic bond that comes in handy in casinos. As their feelings deepen, the knife-act becomes an erotic substitute, fraught with sexual tension (particularly in the beautiful scene beneath a railway bridge set to Marianne Faithful). Will the two realize in time that like the torn half of a dollar bill that Gabor gives Adele, each is useless apart?

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 Directed by
Patrice Leconte
Ridicule, The Man on the Train, The Widow of Saint-Pierre
 Written by
Serge Frydman
Tais-toi!, Half a Chance, The Grand Dukes
 Cast
Vanessa Paradis
Lost In La Mancha, Élisa, Half a Chance
Daniel Auteuil
Jean de Florette, Manon of the Spring, The Closet
Catherine Lascault
The Widow of Saint-Pierre
Isabelle Petit-Jacques
The Man on the Train, Intimate Strangers, Tatie Danielle
Bertie Cortez
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