The Lovers on the Bridge (Les amants du Pont Neuf, Carax, 1991)


An exciting depiction of an unusual love forged during the most deranged of times. A man desperately yearns for the love of another, while a woman desperately yearns for someone whom she may depend upon. They meet, each satisfying the others’ needs, but does this qualify as love?

The film is visually stunning throughout, and  supported by marvelous performances by Denis Lavant and Juliette Binoche. Lavant displays prowess in his demanding signature style of physical acting, while Binoche taps into her otherwise unseen talent in looking dirty—a highly difficult task for such a beautiful actress!

While I appreciate the uncharacteristically happy ending, there is something contradictory and underdeveloped—perhaps rushed—about its execution. Carax’ choice to withhold key information about the characters’ histories lends the film a certain ambiguity that is at once provocative and perplexing. This effect, under separate criteria, works both for and against the film. Nevertheless, The Lovers on the Bridge allures as much as it denies, making for a rather mysterious and highly atmospheric experience—even if a bit confounding.

90/100 – Amazing


About Kamran Ahmed

I have a Masters in Cinema Studies from the University of Toronto. I work as a freelance writer and film critic in Vancouver. My writing is primarily distributed through Next Projection, an online film journal based in Toronto.
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