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Girl on the Bridge

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Vanessa Paradis, Girl On The Bridge

Girl On The Bridge

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
runtime:
92 minutes
performer:
Daniel Auteuil, Vanessa Paradis
director:
Patrice Leconte
distributor:
Paramount Classics
genre:
Romance, Foreign Language

We gave it an A-

The sexual symbolism in Girl on the Bridge couldn’t be more… pointed. Adele (Vanessa Paradis) is a lovelorn girl so depressed about her cosmically bad luck with men that she’s preparing to jump into the Seine. Gabor (Daniel Auteuil) is a ”down and out” circus performer whose luck miraculously changes for the good the moment he prevents her from leaping. Throwing knives is his specialty, and in Adele, Gabor finds the perfect partner to receive his thrusts — a woman willing to abandon herself, to risk it all.

This wildly romantic fable works, swept along by director Pierre Leconte’s almost giddy black and white imagery, and by the sexual sparks between luscious model/ pop star Paradis (a.k.a Mrs. Johnny Depp) and a burning Auteuil, who won a Cesar for the role. Leconte (”Ridicule”) gives his heart to the luck of romance, to the dream state visual style of Fellini, and, most lyrically, to the passion of the dagger point swoon.