Girl On The Bridge (2000)

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A young woman despondent with her life is interrupted during a suicide attempt by a circus knife thrower who talks her into becoming his new assistant.

Girl On The Bridge is a very typically Gallic romance, full of quirky characters and set within a framework of fate and the belief that some people are just “meant to be together”. It’s a humorous fantasy that was a clear influence on Luc Besson when he made Angel A and features the usual concept of beautiful but insecure nymphet attracted to an older, uglier man in a way that seems rather touching instead of seedy and exploitative. The story begs the viewer to understand that Ms Paradis’ apparent nymphomania is just a cry for affection and although this seems like a rather simplistic approach, the story has enough wit and charm to win you over.

A pleasant enough piece of oh-so-very-French romantic fluff.

6/10

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