Lovers on the Bridge (Les Amants du Pont Neuf)

Director: Leos Carax
Screenwriters: Leos Carax

Institute History

  • 1993 Sundance Film Festival


Lovers on the Bridge is a virtuoso performance for Léos Carax as an imagist. He deftly blends the real and the surreal in the gigantic visual world he creates for two tiny neglected souls. Alex, played by Carax's alter ego, Denis Lavant, is a young vagrant wino who never smiles. He lives on the Pont Neuf, the oldest and most beautiful bridge in Paris. Closed for extensive repairs, the bridge has become a home for the dispossessed. One day, beautiful Michele, a homeless street artist who is going blind, settles in on the bridge with her bags and portfolio of sketches. The two lonely hearts fall in love, and the experiences they share as they float namelessly through the city reveal a Paris which is completely new and spectacular. The lovers' affair is explosive, but eventually the real world comes crashing in. and suddenly there is no more room for dreams.

To match the outstanding performances by both actors, the production design of Lovers on the Bridge is mind-boggling. The bridge itself is a set which is impeccably recreated, and the display of fireworks which marks the lovers' ecstasy and celebrates the bicentennial of Bastille Day is truly magnificent.

Friday Jan 22 4:30 pm
Holiday Village Cinema III

Tuesday Jan 26 6:00 pm
Prospector Square Theatre

Thursday Jan 28 Noon
Prospector Square Theatre


— Catherine Schulman

Screening Details

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