Adele (Vanessa Paradis) is an attractive but unlucky 22
year old woman. We are introduced to her and her weakness
for men in a long gently humorous introduction captured
in a single shot using several cameras.
Her life is so empty that she contemplates suicide one
night. She teeters on a bridge over the River Seine River.
A man called Gabor (Daniel Auteuil) takes an interest in
her. As he ademits he frequents such bridges in search of
women with nothing to lose. He offers work to them in his
Together, they travel along the northern shore of the Mediterranean
through France, Monaco, Italy, Greece and Turkey with their
dangerous act. There is a powerful erotic charge between
them and we are introduced to some interesting if unlikely
ideas, Together they experience fantastic good fortune,
seemingly in control of all aspects of hazard and chance.
In romanic comedies the characters discover that they are
made for each other in the last scene. Here they know it
early on, but for various reasons that are only partially
stated explicitly, they will not simply settle down together.
They are like two halves of a torn bank note - each worthless
without the other half.
Adele falls in love with a newly-wed groom and takes off
with him to Greece, while Gabor is stuck on a ship to Turkey.
Luck deserts them both, and Gabor spirals downward in Istanbul
until he too reaches the depths of dispair.
This is a good, if slightly unsettling film. It is really
a two-hander, with all other parts incidental. Vanessa Paradis
with her gap teeth is perfect and gives a stunning performance,
sexually incontinent, sensual and innocent all at the same
time. If you ever wondered how anyone could find danger
erotically exciting then this film will explain it for you.
The film is beaufifully shot in black and white. It is
atmospheric with gentle touches of humour, and a great selection
of music for the soundtrack. A moden classic.
Genre: Drama / Comedy / Romance
Runtime: 90 mins
Director: Patrice Leconte
Serge Frydman (dialogue + screenplay)
Produced by Christian Fechner
Cinematography: Jean-Marie Dreujou
Colour: Black & White
Vanessa Paradis Adèle
Daniel Auteuil Gabor
Frédéric Pfluger Contortionist
Demetre Georgalas Takis
Catherine Lascault Irene
Isabelle Petit-Jacques Bride
Mireille Mossé Miss Memory
Didier Lemoine TGV Ticket Conductor
Bertie Cortez Kusak
Stéphane Metzger Italian
Claude Aufaure Suicide Victim
Farouk Bermouga TGV Waiter
Nicolas Donato Mr. Loyal
Enzo Etokyo Italian Megaphone
Giorgios Gatzios Barker