(aka "The Lovers on the Bridge" or "L'Amour entre une fils et un garçon" or "Lovers on the Ninth Bridge")

directed by Leos Carax
France 1991

When looking at my last updated list of favorite foreign language films, this clocked in at #23, although I admittedly had not seen it for a few years. I have viewed a boatload of films since creating that list, and although I might not put this as high as #23 now, it would still be on the list somewhere.

Two street people, Michèle and Alex, connect on a famous bridge that is under restoration. Other homeless people congregate there but these two help each other live their lives with total abandon and expression. Juliette Binoche and Denis Lavant have a wonderful chemistry that didn't spark as well as this in Mauvais Sang (another Carax film) - although it was evident. This is a pure love story with no sex or gratuitous affectations. It expresses the type of relationships that transpires in your life when you communicate with the utmost simplicity. There are no lovers games - or faint praises... they just exist, and want each other near. We see the horrible manner in which they subsist and learn about there troubles, ever so slowly. Michèle is an artist who is going blind and Alex is a total survivor. Their smiles when they are together are infectious. We see their adventures as they express joy like young children finding freedom and discovery.  This film is about love - its jealousies, respect and unabashed caring - showing that it is not exclusive to the rich and unblemished.

I like Carax films and this is my favorite. If it has a flaw then some say the ending felt rushed, and I agree - still I personally wanted the film to go on and on and never end.     out of  

Gary W. Tooze

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Theatrical Release: October 16th, 1991 - France

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Runtime 2:05:40  1:59:41 (4% PAL speedup)
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Average Bitrate: 6.74 mb/s
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Audio French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono) 

French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono) 

Subtitles English, and none English, and none
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Studio: Buena Vista Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.78:1

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DVD Release Date: January 13th, 2004
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Chapters: 21

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Studio: Arrow Films

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.66:1

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DVD Release Date: July 30th, 2001
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Chapters 27

Comments: The Buena Vista image has a slight bluish tinge where the Arrow Films looks greenish. The Arrow Films is sharper and the Buena Vista looks faded. I am not as concerned about that as I am the aspect ratio. The film was shot in 1.66:1 ratio, but Buena Vista in their infinite wisdom have decided to crop it from that original ratio (also looks like they zoomed in in places). Perhaps they are unaware of how to anamorphize and image that is 1.66? - no matter what, it is totally unacceptable. This is a wonderful film and Buena Vista have scarred it for Region 1 viewers. You can se for yourself how much is missing from the image - far too much. I really hate this type of thing.

Both editions have removable English subs (although translated slightly differently) and the original French soundtrack. Neither has Extras worth discussing. Obviously scrap the Region 1 and buy the Arrow Films DVD - far better. I understand their is also a German edition out, but I have no details at present. 

 - Gary W. Tooze


Recommended Reading in French Cinema (CLICK COVERS or TITLES for more information)

The Films in My Life
by Francois Truffaut, Leonard Mayhew

French Cinema: A Student's Guide
by Philip Powrie, Keith Reader
Agnes Varda by Alison Smith Godard on Godard : Critical Writings by Jean-Luc Godard The Art of Cinema by Jean Cocteau French New Wave
by Jean Douchet, Robert Bonnono, Cedric Anger, Robert Bononno
French Cinema: From Its Beginnings to the Present
by Remi Fournier Lanzoni
Truffaut: A Biography by Antoine do Baecque and Serge Toubiana

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