LA FILLE SUR LE PONT (THE GIRL ON THE BRIDGE)

Girl, Intermittent

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Starring: Vanessa Paradis & Daniel
Auteuil

Genre: Drama

Audience: Adults

Rating: R

Runtime: 91 minutes

Distributor: Paramount Classics

Director: Patrice Leconte

Executive Producer: Herve Truffaut

Producer: Christian Fechner

Writer: Sege Frydman

Address Comments To:

Ruth Vitale
Paramount Classics
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Los Angeles, CA 90039
Phone: (323) 956-2000
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Content:

(RoRo, B, O, Pa, L, V, SS, N, D, MMM) Primarily romantic worldview of main characters exhibiting values & characteristics based solely on emotion & circumstance with some moral, occult & pagan elements, including man trying to guide girl to not sleep around, man & girl have sort of telepathic bond & girl gets physical with guys solely because of physical attraction; 1 obscenity & some strong sexual references; characters jump off bridge, taken to emergency room but unharmed, knife thrower throws knives, sometimes intensly at girl in show, minor cuts shown, girl hit in leg with knife through dress but no blood, & man knocked down when hit by truck; girl tells how she left home to live with a boy & fornicate “because that’s when life starts,” girl says she had sex in a gas station restroom, possible implied fornication with disheveled couple emerging from restroom, depicted fornication, & some scenes of sensuality but no nudity; cleavage & girl obviously without a bra under her shirt; smoking; and, gambling, swindling & deceit.

Summary:

THE GIRL ON THE BRIDGE tells how a knife thrower and a girl lacking hope find each other at the point when they are both ready to end it all. This artsy French feature contains some sexual content and other potentially objectionable elements.

Review:

French actress Vanessa Paradis stars as Adele, a young girl whose persistent bad luck, and bad choices, drive her to end it all in GIRL ON THE BRIDGE.

In the first 10 minutes of the movie, Adele is merely talking to an interviewer about her life - how she started and ended up where she is presently, not happy nor sad, just existing. She attributes her status to running off with various men since she left home to live with one. Then, Adele in the next scene on a bridge, ready to end her life.

Daniel Auteuil of THE LOST SON plays Gabor, a middle-aged knife thrower who is unhappy with life. One night, while contemplating taking his own life by jumping off a bridge, he comes across Adele, who has already prepared by climbing to the outside of the bridge’s structure. Gabor begins to talk with Adele in a somewhat mocking tone, telling her that he always finds girls on the same bridge, ready to jump and convinces them to work for him. Interested, but annoyed, Adele decides to jump off anyway, with Gabor following her into the icy waters immediately. He rescues her, and while in the hospital, convinces her to work for him. She hesitantly agrees, and, from there, a rash of good “luck” and electricity occurs between them.

Gabor deceives Adele into believing she is lucky, but when everything from gambling to Gabor’s knife throwing abilities is right on target, Gabor himself is amazed. Their success and good fortune expire, however, when Adele falls prey to her old ways, and once they are separated, their individual lives fall back into failure.

THE GIRL ON THE BRIDGE is an often whimsical, somewhat dramatic story with characters sometimes short of common sense, led mainly by their emotions. Adele is young and extremely naïve, while Gabor is almost a father-like figure to her, though there is a definite passion depicted between the two. The black and white photography makes the scenes much starker, but some scenes, particularly the opening interview scene, are rather out of place, seeming as though the filmmakers were trying too hard.

The story, though somewhat unusual, is entertaining, but marred by sexual content. The telepathic conversations that Adele has with Gabor while they are separated are questionable, as is the “luck” between them. This good fortune is extreme and mainly shown in gambling situations. Finally, though Adele’s choices with other men lead her to fornicate blindly with no self-respect, Gabor tries to teach her to be careful, and to not just go off with the first man she sees. The despair and hopelessness that is felt is merely solved by being together, however, ignoring the ultimate healer of all wounds, Jesus Christ.

In Brief:

Interspersed with interviews of the main characters, THE GIRL ON THE BRIDGE tells how a knife thrower and a girl find each other at the point when they are both ready to end it all. Gabor, the knife thrower, contemplates taking his own life but saves Adele, who had the same idea. He invites her to join his act, and a rash of good "luck" and electricity occurs between them. Their success expires, however, when Adele falls prey to her old ways of sleeping with other men. Once separated, their individual lives fall back into failure.

THE GIRL ON THE BRIDGE is an often whimsical, somewhat dramatic story with characters short of common sense, led mainly by emotion. Adele is young and very naïve, while Gabor is almost a father to her, despite the passion between them. Black and white photography makes the scenes much starker, but some scenes are rather out of place, seeming as though the filmmakers were trying too hard. This artsy French feature contains some sexual content and other questionable elements. The despair and hopelessness that is felt is merely solved by being together, ignoring the ultimate healer, Jesus Christ