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La fille sur le pont (1999)

One night, a fading entertainer intervenes when a woman contemplates suicide, beginning a strange, unpredictable relationship.

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Gabor
Frédéric Pfluger ...
Contortionist
Demetre Georgalas ...
Takis
Catherine Lascault ...
Irene
Isabelle Petit-Jacques ...
Bride
Mireille Mossé ...
Miss Memory
Didier Lemoine ...
TGV Ticket Conductor
Bertie Cortez ...
Kusak
Stéphane Metzger ...
Italian Waiter
Claude Aufaure ...
Suicide Victim
Farouk Bermouga ...
TGV Waiter
Nicolas Donato ...
Mr. Loyal
Enzo Etokyo ...
Italian Megaphone
Giorgios Gatzios ...
Barker
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It's night on a Paris bridge. A girl leans over Seine River with tears in her eyes and a violent yearning to drown her sorrows. Out of nowhere someone takes an interest in her. He is Gabor, a knife thrower who needs a human target for his show. The girl, Adele, has never been lucky and nowhere else to go. So she follows him. They travel along the northern bank of the Mediterranean to perform and in the process win a big fortune through gambling. Although both of them continue a platonic relationship, the sex-starved girl attempts to sleep with handsome guys she encounters throughout the journey. Finally, Adele falls in love with a newly-wed groom and both of them elope to Greece, while Gabor is stuck in Turkey. Then Adele is dumped by the groom. Only by now both Gabor and Adele realize that luck isn't with them unless they get together again. But both of them are so broke that they can't even feed themselves, let alone getting back to Paris and reunite... Written by L.H. Wong <lhw@sfs.org.sg>

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Rated R for some sexuality | See all certifications »

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Girl on the Bridge  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$66,567, 30 July 2000, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,708,496, 7 January 2001
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The opening sequence lasts for more than 7 minutes with a monologue by Vanessa Paradis. In the DVD commentary, director 'Patrice Leconte' says that a single shot was necessary using several cameras. See more »

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After the train has passed, Gabor steps off the rail, and again after the cut. See more »

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Adèle: Learn to lose, or you'll take wining for granted.
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Festival in Valencia
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So Sad, So Happy

Two tragic characters: A beautiful girl, on the edge of a bridge contemplating suicide, and a broken man, on the same bridge for the same reason. The man is a believer. He believes in fortune. He's been around, and he's seen many things. He can tell when the wheels of fortune are turning, and in the face of the young girl he sees salvation for them both. He senses a feeling stronger than fate or Kismet or whatever you want to call it. A conviction that two people can be made for each other, that two people can connect in a way imperceivable and unobtainable for most of the world, a connection so deep and so strong, that it can make them invincible.

In most movies of this kind, you expect the characters to discover how right they are for each other along the way. In this movie they know it the instant they meet, but they're too proud and too overwhelmed to accept the fact that it could be so easy.

Patrice Leconte takes us on a wonderful journey around Europe, and fills each black and white frame with such colorful feelings that it's next to impossible not to be taken in by the mere suggestion that there can be a perfect match for each person, and that together they can take on the world.

La fille sur le pond, is a movie about fortune, destiny, love, danger, lust, luck, romance but above all, I think that it's about connection. Connection on a level so high that it becomes divine. This movie is unique and in it I find refuge whenever I feel alone or lonely.


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