Online Film Club: Les Amants du Pont-Neuf

Online Film Club: Les Amants du Pont-Neuf

Saturday, May 16 at 2:00 p.m.
Free Admission - Donations encouraged
This event is ONLINE - zoom links will be emailed following registration

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Fireworks. Firebreathing. Two troubled firebrands falling in love amid the detritus of the oldest bridge in Paris. For this week's ciné-club, we'll be discussing Leox Carax's unabashed, all-out romance melodrama : 


Les Amants du Pont-Neuf / The Lovers on the Bridge (1991)

Available for rental on YouTube and Google Play

How do you even begin to describe a Leos Carax movie? The eccentric director made a name for himself with his beautifully weird 1986 film Mauvais Sang (which features possibly the most iconic scene ever set to a David Bowie track), and is perhaps best known for his most recent work, 2012's cryptic cult classic Holy Motors. 

Les Amants du Pont-Neuf might be his most grounded film, a passionnate love story about two struggling vagabonds who live and love on Paris's Pont-Neuf bridge, which Carax notoriously closed off for over year of disastrous filming (a move that ticked off quite a few Parisians and imbued the film with a sharp bite of real-life controversy). The film is a fulll sprint of passions, sometimes ugly and sometimes bursting with beauty. What else can you expect from a movie about a homeless alcoholic fire-breather who falls for a struggling one-eyed artist? Come check out the overflowing love story that Roger Ebert called "both glorious and goofy" - you've really got to see this one for yourself.




Isn’t it time you caught up on all those French cult classics you’ve been meaning to watch? If you’re a cinéphilefrancophile, or just looking for some fun conversation in these isolating times, we’ve got you covered. Join us for a laid-back, weekly discussion of classic films, as we explore the weirder side of the French canon. This ain’t your grandma’s Godard! 

Each week, we’ll reveal the film up for discussion by Monday on our social media and the events page of our website. We’ll also include some historical context, potential discussion points to consider while watching, and some links for where to view it. You’ll have the rest of the week to watch the film independently and then we’ll group up online via Zoom on Saturday at 2 PM to discuss. BYOB (or W). Sound good?  

For the sake of inclusivity, the discussion will be in English. Since we’ll be having our meetings over zoom, the group size will be limited to 15 registrants. When you register, we’ll send you a link for accessing the conversation group. Come full of thoughts or just full of ramblings – we’ll take either! 

Discussion will be led by Matthew Jackson, one of our culture interns. Matthew studied film at the University of Chicago and spends most of his time blathering about movies online.