LA FILLE SUR LE PONT (THE GIRL ON THE BRIDGE)
Release Date: January 01, 1970
Starring: Vanessa Paradis & Daniel Auteuil
Runtime: 91 minutes
Distributor: Paramount Classics
Director: Patrice Leconte
Executive Producer: Herve Truffaut
Producer: Christian Fechner
Writer: Sege Frydman
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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.
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