Le Pont des Arts (image 1)

A luminous, magisterial work.

Christopher Huber, Cinema Scope

Screened as part of NZIFF 2005

Le Pont des Arts 2004

Directed by Eugène Green

Compelling and eccentric, this boldly stylized film elucidates the unfulfilling love lives and fledging vocations of two young couples in 70s Paris.

France In French with English subtitles
126 minutes 35mm

Director, Screenplay

Photography

Raphaël O’Byrne

Editor

Jean-François Eli

Music

Vincent Dumestre

With

Natacha Regnier
,
Adrien Michaux
,
Denis Podalydès
,
Olivier Gourmet

Festivals

Locarno, London 2004; Rotterdam 2005

Elsewhere

Compelling and eccentric, Eugène Green’s boldly stylized Le Pont des Arts elucidates the unfulfilling love lives and fledgling vocations of two young couples in 70s Paris. It also provides slashing satire of vicious homosexual power-mongering in the French Baroque music and theatre ‘industry’, where Green has long been a player. Pascal, a literature student struggling with his thesis, and Sarah, a singer of Baroque music, are both involved in relationships with devoted partners who’d prefer them to be less like artists. Sarah’s boyfriend is especially remiss in ignoring the depth of her vulnerability to the monstrous conductor for whom she is recording a Monteverdi aria. Our involvement in their separate journeys is very much tied to the hope that fate – the filmmaker – will bring them together. The piercing soulfulness of the young leads and the solemnity with which the camera confronts their emotional and spiritual turmoil evoke 70s Bresson. This strangely affecting film justifies the homage. — BG