Girl On The Bridge

MPAA Rating: R

Entertainment: +1 1/2

Content: -1 1/2

[In French with subtitles]

This French language film about an unusual romance earned nominations for several international awards. At 21, Adele (Vanessa Paradis) has already experienced too much life and feels she has nothing but bad luck. Depressed, she stands on the edge of a bridge one night, contemplating a suicidal jump into the cold river. But Gabor (Daniel Auteuil), a knife-throwing performer, interrupts her and hires her as his human target. Almost immediately, Adeles luck changes for the better, including good fortune at the casino where they perform. But when Adele leaves Gabor for another man, luck for both of them turns sour. But can they find one another again? This humorous romantic fantasy, shot in black-and-white, shows that everything turns to gold with the right person. But the limited foreign film circuit will also limit audiences.

The opening scene shows Adele in an interview with an apparent psychiatric panel. She discusses her rather extensive sexual history, stating she gave herself to the first boy she met because she felt life begins after losing your virginity. But she also thinks that everything she does results in bad luck, all her choices are wrong. Gabor encourages her to believe in herself and good luck. Adele has a hard time breaking her promiscuous habits and although Gabor interrupts her a few times, he merely encourages her to be more selective. Despite Adeles attraction to Gabor, he says he never sleeps with targets. But Adele discovers an erotic thrill in the fear of being a target and the pleasure of trusting Gabor. Despite the knife throwing, only one accident is shown as Gabor hits a womans leg, although Adele suffers a few slight nicks. One sexual encounter is briefly depicted and a few skimpy costumes are seen on performers, but theres no nudity in the film. The sexual content, mostly implied through comments, along with a few obscenities, make GIRL ON THE BRIDGE one to pass.

Preview Reviewer: Paul Bicking
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Crude Language: Once - Moderate

Obscene Language: Few times - F-word 2, other 1

Profanity: None

Violence: Few times - Mild and moderate (couple jumps off bridge into water, knife throwing gives small cuts, knife thrown into leg, man hit by truck)

Sex: Briefly graphic once (coule on bar with motion, no nudity); Implied few times (unmarried couple in restroom, couple on piano interrupted)

Nudity: None; Near nudity - Few times (female performers in skimpy costumes, woman braless in thin dress)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: everal times (woman discusses sexual history, man comments on womans breasts, comment about condom use,woman moves mans hand to clothed breast, woman propositions man, comments about womans sexual habits, woman target reacts erotically)

Drugs: Cigarette smoking, alcoholic drinks

Other: Woman thinks life begins after losing virginity, adultery referenced, womans promiscuity accepted but not condoned, casino gambling, reference to voodoo and luck

Running Time: 90 minutes
Intended Audience: Adults

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