Les Amants Du Pont Neuf
In building a replica of the famed Parisian Pont-Neuf bridge, Leos Carax's film LES AMANTS DU PONT NEUF (THE LOVERS ON THE BRIDGE) became the most expensive French film ever produced, up to that point. This budget controversy threatened to overshadow the film itself, which has slowly begun to garner the proper recognition it deserves. Lavant portrays Alex (Denis Lavant), a drug-addicted, fire eating homeless man who lives on the deserted bridge, which is being restored for the French Revolution Bicentennial Celebration. When Michele (Juliette Binoche) stumbles into his life, a desperate, passionate relationship unfolds. Michele is an artist who is losing her eyesight due to a bizarre disease. But plot isn't the issue here. The sheer visual spectacle is. Shifting from brutal documentary to romantic melodrama to surrealism, Carax's film is an electric, powerful, poetic picture.