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Directed by Leos Carax

France 1991 125 mins. In French

Denis Lavant, Carax’s onscreen alter ego, and Juliette Binoche are young vagrants who meet on Paris’s famed Pont Neuf. Alex is a fire-eating street performer and addict. Michèle is a heartbroken painter who is slowly going blind. Carax’s dazzling, delirious chronicle of their “amour fou” is a vivid, visionary, pyrotechnic valentine to Paris—much of it shot on a life-size replica of the Pont Neuf and its environs, built at budget-busting expense in southern France. “Amazing…. Must be seen on the big screen to savour all its mad Caraxian extravagance…. Drawing on everything from the romantic fatalism of forties French cinema to the gaudy excess of Hollywood musicals, LES AMANTS tops each spectacular set-piece with an even showier one.”—Cinematheque Ontario, Toronto.