Les Amants Du Pont-Neuf details
|Starring:||Juliette Binoche, Denis Lavant, Denis Lavant, Edith Scob|
|Genres:||Drama, Romance, World Cinema|
Les Amants Du Pont-Neuf
|Run time:||2 hours|
|Rental release:||30 Jul 2001|
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A masterpiece of French cinemaBy RustyT from Dorset , 05 Feb 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]In 1989 Pont-Neuf over the Seine was closed for 2 years for urgent repairs. It became a haven for dropouts and for the location of this harrowing story. A flame thrower cum petty thief Alex (Denis Lavant) forms a bond with Michèle (Juliette Binoche) a painter with a serious eye complaint.
She doesn't have to live rough, but she has been obsessed by Julien, a former lover, and has been searching the streets and metro to find him.
Alex has been seriously touched by drugs, and throughout we are aware of his unstable condition. Alex and Michèle hijack a racing boat and an exhilarating water-surfing scene follows. They turn to fund raising - there is considerable humour in some of their petty crimes.
Realism is present in some scenes - near-fatal accidents, the drunks on the last bus home; some scenes are surreal: the metro deserted like a ghost.
The staging and photography are spectacular and the acting superb; this is a masterwork.
After the stark beginning you could not believe that there was any chance for a psychotic ex-addict and a girl losing her sight. I won't spoil an excellent story - let's just say, there is hope.
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See the youtube clips insteadBy InspectorSands (209 reviews) from London , 22 Sep 2010Memorable, and if you're in Paris you won't see Pont Neuf the same way again! It's about two vagrants who share the bridge with a third when it's boarded up and inaccessbile to the general public in the early 1990s. (Oddly, you never see any renovation going on there during the film's two-year duration.. yeah yeah I know it's a replica) Problem is, I found the two leads to be uncharimsatic. Binoche does her usual edgy, remote performance and the guy behaves unsympathetically at times. Two great moments involving a dance on the bridge to fireworks, followed by nighttime waterskiing on the Seine. But you can see these clips on youtube, frankly, and you'd be saving a lot of time.
strange but enthrallingBy crazy-lady (4 reviews) from West Midlands , 17 Sep 2010It helps to know at the beginning that the Pont Neuf is closed for renovation and has become a haven for the homeless. Then you can understand why Alex is there. Through the photography we are given a glimpse of the confusing, blurred and vertiginous world of the drug addict, and also a small insight into what led them there. The romance is in the (slightly unbelievable) 'cure' for both, but gives you pause for thought about how selfless you would be in that situation. A very different Binoche to 'Chocolat'.
Tried too hardBy a customer from OXON , 26 Apr 2010Very arty-farty, stupid ending and overly long. Really disappointed with this film
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Well worth watchingBy Mkango (31 reviews) from Central Scotland , 11 Feb 2010I didn't know what to expect, not being familiar with this type of French cinema, but I got hooked straight away. Drama, love, fun, despondency, wretchedness, surrealism and spectacular visuals. Binoch, as always, giving a telling performance and Lavant excellent as the peculiarly endearing down & out.
Les Amants Du Pont-NeufBy Tish (26 reviews) from Farnham , 28 Aug 2009A very disappointiung film about nothing. Very frustrating as I was expecting better from Juliette Binoche, who I loved in other films. It left me feeling depressed.