"Les Amants Du Pont-Neuf" is reckless and revolting and beautiful and brilliant. It’s a love story about two vagrants – played by Juliette Binoche and Denis Lavant, who meet while squatting on the Point Neuf (the oldest bridge in Paris). Lavant is a fire breathing alcoholic and Binoche is an artist with a disease that is making her go blind. I don’t really want to say much more. I’m sure you will want to see it after watching some of my favorite scenes from the film below.
Leos Carax is one of my favorite film makers. His ability to find beauty in the grotesque is a viewpoint I share and admire. When I think of some of my other favorites, John Water’s “Female Trouble”, Harmony Korine’s “Gummo” or Todd Solondz “Welcome to the Dollhouse” this is definitely the theme that links them… That and the outcasts… I love an outcast!
"Sometimes we have to be reminded that there are actually no rules."
But back to "Les Amants Du Pont-Neuf"… there is this punk rock Busby Berkeley element that is so unexpected and refreshing. Sometimes we have to be reminded that there are actually no rules. Carax creates a world that is gritty and despicable enough to make us believe it is the one we live in. Then he slaps you with the the surreal and like that you are transported to the illuminated caverns of his imagination, far from the dregs of reality.
Top banner: collage of posters from all over the world by Haley Wollens.