140) Lovers on the Bridge (1991) Dir: Leos Carax Date Released: July 2, 1999 Date Seen: May 14, 2012 Rating: 3.75/5
Wow, that is a ridiculously long gap between initial year of production--or even first-run at a US festival (NYFF in 1992)--and theatrical release! Weird.
In any case: baby's first Carax. I rather liked its aimlessness, its jagged edges and thematic stumping for sensationalism (ie: purity of cinematic motion for its own sake). That philosophy will find greater expression in Holy Motors, a movie that prematurely mourns the death of cinema since the cinematic experience as we've come to know it (according to Carax) is being limited by the forced intrusion of digital photography (?!).
But this is pretty good. Yup. Dig that fireworks scene! Oh, and the firebreather's dance.