(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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Distribution Buena Vista Home Video - Region 1 - NTSC
Runtime 2:05:40 
Video 1.78:1 Widescreen anamorphic
Average Bitrate: 6.74 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s
 

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Audio French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono) 
Subtitles English, None
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Studio: Buena Vista Home Video

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

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NOTE: It has been determined that this image is severely cropped from its original 1.66 ratio to 1.78. SEE comparison HERE.

Kind of a dull image from Buena Vista on this title. No sharpness whatsoever. I see edge enhancement, but the colors appear okay. I was unfortunately hoping for more from this anamorphic image. The sound is acceptable and quite tight. The subtitles are an awful color and there are NO Extras - except a plug by Miramax. Disappointing - I would love to compare this to the German version that is available, but it has no English subs. Shame. I give this DVD out of .

Gary W. Tooze



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