Set around the Pont Neuf, Paris’s oldest bridge, while it was closed for repairs, Les amants du Pont-Neuf depicts a love story between two young vagrants. Alex, a street performer addicted to alcohol and sedatives and Michèle, a painter driven to a life on the streets because of a failed relationship and a disease which is slowly destroying her sight. The film portrays their harsh existence living on the bridge with Hans, an older vagrant. As her vision deteriorates Michèle becomes increasingly dependent on Alex. When a possible treatment becomes available, Michèle’s family use street posters and radio appeals to trace her. Fearing that she will leave him if she receives the treatment Alex attempts make sure Michèle does not become aware of her family’s attempts to find her. The streets, skies and waterways of Paris are used as a backdrop for the story in a series of set-pieces set during the French Bicentennial celebrations in 1989. –Wikipedia
An unpredictable French filmmaker whose poetic style earned him a critically sound reputation on the heels of his debut feature, Boy Meets Girl (1984), Leos Carax has since gone on to explore the tortured ramifications of love in the modern world with such features as Lovers on the Bridge (1991) and the controversial Pola X. A native of Suresnes who was born to an American mother and a French father, Alexandre Oscar Dupont (his professional name an anagram of his first and middle names) directed a series of short films and dabbled in cinema criticism before putting his celluloid where his mouth is with his debut feature, Boy Meets Girl. A dramatic exploration of modern love, the film provided undeniable proof of Carax’s already assured, mature visual style and proved the first teaming of the director and his cinematic alter ego, Denis Lavant. In addition, Boy Meets Girl also found Carax forming a long working relationship with renowned cinematographer Jean-Yves Escoffier, a partnership… read more
Why yes! I would like my romances to be fully expressionistic and filled with amazing set pieces that recall directors like Murnau and Von Sternberg. Greatest use of fireworks ever is also a bonus.
I adore Carax's ridiculous, savage, meandering film. One could live lifetimes in the beautifully brutal worlds he creates in all his films. But the hearts of the actors in this one in particular are beating viciously, constantly leaping out at you, begging you to stay with the characters in their world forever. Unforgettable.
A look at Léos Carax’s The Lovers on the Bridge and the poetics it shares with the literature of Louis-Ferdinand Céline.