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Girl on the Bridge (1999):

Jazzalo​ha

almost 3 years ago

61/100

This one didn’t resonate with me, although I must confess that I watched the film with many interruptions. Here are some comments and questions:

>So what is the film saying about luck or what is the role of luck in the film?
>How do people feel about the ending of the film—the way Adele comes back to save the day?
>I liked the dialogue and the acting, especially in the beginning, but at some point the film sort of lost me. (I liked the line about how we always think luck is what we don’t have.)

I need help with this one—and I hope to hear from those who really loved the film.

Nathan M.

almost 3 years ago

Question 1: Yeah…it seemed like Leconte was using luck more because the concept of luck is romantic in and of itself. It’s a superficial usage, imo. Either that, or luck was something of a metaphor for the status of their relationship. Being together gives them confidence and wholeness, which is explained romantically as luck? I’m as confused and I think Leconte is, too.

Question 2: The ending is the only one that makes sense, but that doesn’t make it any more satisfying. Is it fate? Whatever it is, it’s too convenient.

I think Leconte is on to something about how being with the right person can produce symbiotic qualities, a situation where together there is functionality but alone there is only stagnancy. The film is too muddled to express that well. I think the style gets in the way, too. Leconte never settles into any rhythm.

Uli Cain, Cinefidel¹³

almost 3 years ago

A friend of mine loves the film and she wants me to watch it, just haven’t had a chance yet.

Nathan M.

almost 3 years ago

I hesitate to say this, but Girl on the Bridge strikes me as the type of movie that would appeal to undergraduate girls who love Amelie (which is not as horrible a film as some would make you believe). It’s highly romantic and the girl has a bit of a gamin quality about her that is appealing.

Uli Cain, Cinefidel¹³

almost 3 years ago

I love Amelie and I’m not an undergraduate girl

Nathan M.

almost 3 years ago

Hahahahaha! It’s not to say that non-undergraduate girls can’t love Amelie, but that there is definitely a class of girls who don’t know much about movies but are in love with that one. As I said, I don’t think it’s a bad movie (though it’s been over 10 years since I last saw it), but I do it shares some vibe with Girl on the Bridge.

efe

-moderator-
almost 3 years ago

If you know me, you know that I’m unapologeticly highbrow about film. But I’ll admit.. Girl on the Bridge is one of my favorite films ever. If you don’t like this film, you are either too young, or you never threw knives to (or thrown knives by) someone you love.

MARK IS SUSPEND​ED IN GAFFA

almost 3 years ago

If I were stuck with Daniel Auteuil, I’d pray for a knife to hit me square between the eyes.

DANIEL AUTEUIL: SEX SYMBOL!

Only in France.

ruby stevens

almost 3 years ago

^ HAHA! i love the girl on the bridge too. i’m afraid i can’t really explain why tho. i also found the ending too convenient at first but it grew on me. and i don’t really care for amelie; too sweet for my taste

Dzimas

almost 3 years ago

I also liked Girl on the Bridge. I didn’t take it very seriously. I just enjoyed the way Leconte played this one as a fun homage to films of the past. Auteuil and Paradis are well matched. I don’t think there is really that much to decipher in this film. You just go along for the ride.

Nathan M.

almost 3 years ago

The POV shot from the perspective of a fly was where I started getting off the train.

Jazzalo​ha

almost 3 years ago

The fly POV was one of those elements that reminded me of Amelie or Jeunet in general. I think Leconte is less whimsical than Jeunet. (@Nathan, why did this scene turn you off?)

Btw, I don’t think this is a real serious film, either, but it didn’t completely connect with me for some reason. Maybe the chemistry between Auteuil and Paradis didn’t entirely work for me.

Btw, the girl on the bridge seems to be a myth or a reoccurring story. (I believe there are two other films with a similar title, dealing with a similar storyline.)

Also, the knife throwing seemed to have a larger meaning (sex?). There’s a scene where Auteuil and Paradis reunite and he starts throwing knives at her—in a way that suggests eroticism.

Nathan M.

almost 3 years ago

The shot, even in the context of the film, just seemed too silly to me.

Jazzalo​ha

almost 3 years ago

But the situation was pretty silly, too. The knife thrower attempts to prove that Adele is lucky by using the three sugar cubes to attract the fly. The film has this whimsical tone (including the way luck magically factors in at several points), so I thought the “fly angle” was appropriate.

ruby stevens

almost 3 years ago

the knife throwing/sex scene reminded me of gun crazy. just a fun fun film full of crazy magical stuff

Dzimas

almost 3 years ago

Other than both being French, hard for me to see much in common between Amelie and Girl on the Bridge.

Jazzalo​ha

almost 3 years ago

FWIW, I think my problem can be boiled down the character of Adele, whom I didn’t really care for. I didn’t really find her very interesting, likable and I didn’t really care about her fate.

@Dzimas

I think both Leconte and Jeunet have a whimsical style, although with Leconte I think it’s more subtle.