From the french movie, Girl on the Bridge, with Daniel Auteuil and Vanessa Paradis:

Gabor: "Remember, it's not the thrower that counts — it's the target."
Gabor: "Bleeding can be harmless — if it's stopped in time."
Gabor: "Eyes don't matter. See less, fear less."
Gabor: "You know your blood type?"
Adele: "AB I think. Why?"
Gabor: "In case of accidents. Bleeding can be harmless if it's stopped in time."
Gabor: "With your body and my skill we'll kill 'em."
Gabor: "Past the age of 40 knife throwing becomes erratic."
Gabor: "I'm taking you where it's sunny."
Adele: "With knives in my stomach I'll hardly care."
Gabor: "I've never hit anybody in the stomach."
Gabor: "Arch your back, jut your chin out. Look determined."
Gabor: "You don't take luck. You make it."
Gabor: "The ship rolled." (Explaining a cut on Adelle's arm after the Wheel of Death)
Carnival Promotor to Gabor: "What's new about knife throwing?"
Gabor: "I throw blind — MAXIMUM RISK." (This line was the inspiration for the name of TGT act)
Carnival Promotor to Adele: "Knives? More like acupuncture. Blind, especially. You have a lovely body. Why have it butchered?"

Adele: "Excuse me. What does 'blind' mean?"
Gabor: "It means we'll wow them."

Adele: "Blind. Do you shut your eyes?"
Gabor: "Stand straight. Breathe deep. Leave the rest to me."
Adele: "You've done this before?"
Gabor: "Not completely. I lacked the right target. You."
Adele: "Have you ever felt great fear and pleasure both at once?"
Gabor: "Yes — tonight."
Adele: "Did it feel good?"
Gabor: "Naturally!"

SYNOPSIS : In his magical, erotic eighteenth feature, French director Patrice Leconte (RIDICULE, MONSIEUR HIRE) captivates viewers from the first elegant black and white frame. In the prologue, fragile beauty Adele (Vanessa Paradis) recounts her wayward, sadly promiscuous past in a comically matter-of-fact manner. Despite the lighthearted telling, Adele sees her life (all twenty-two years of it) as a tragic run of bad luck, leading her to a bridge on the Seine. She is saved from suicide by the arrival of Gabor (Daniel Auteuil) who jumps in after her. After the rescue, Gabor whisks Adele away to be the new assistant for his knife-throwing act. She blooms under his tutelage, and Gabor reaches new heights of his craft conceding that before Adele, he too, was lost. They happily traverse the Mediterranean, performing for thrilled crowds, and find they share a mystical, telepathic bond that comes in handy in casinos. As their feelings deepen, the knife-act becomes an erotic substitute, fraught with sexual tension (particularly in the beautiful scene beneath a railway bridge set to Marianne Faithful). Will the two realize in time that like the torn half of a dollar bill that Gabor gives Adele, each is useless apart?


'The Girl on the Bridge'
The lighter side of suicide

Leave it to the French to show us the lighter side of suicide, and introduce us to the erotic art of knife-throwing.
The girl on the bridge is Adele (Vanessa Paradis), a depressed young thing with enormous dark eyes, a gap-toothed smile, and cheekbones to kill for. It is difficult for this mere woman to understand what Adele's depression is about, but it seems she has what she calls bad luck with men. Most of us would call it extraordinarily bad taste; she can be seduced by almost literally anyone -- any line works, all propositions are cheerfully agreed to; not surprisingly, as she puts it, "I've been conned every day of my life. I'm like a vacuum cleaner, picking up all the crud left behind."
Well, what can you expect, when you start your amorous life with a tryst in a gas station restroom, as she recounts matter-of-factly to a roomful of psychologists.
So she stands on a bridge near the Eiffel Tower, revving up to jump off and end it all. As she stands there contemplating her shoes, Gabor (Daniel Auteuil) shows up to find out why she wants to jump. When she tells him about her bad luck, he retorts, "Luck? What do you think luck is? You think you catch it like a cold?"
She does jump. After he fishes her out of the river, he tells her that he is a knife-thrower (circus type) and needs a target for his act. Adele isn't too sure about this; however, lacking a better job offer, she decides to give it a whirl -- until he actually starts heaving those sharp objects her way. She starts to run, but he convinces her to stay (too easy, this girl), and impresses her with a marvelous shopping expedition the next day.
He talks her into a circus gig in Monaco. He doesn't tell her until it's too late that he has agreed to do it "à l'aveugle," blind. They are, needless to say, a sensation; Adele, having survived this, begins to get erotic rushes out of these shows (I told you she was easy). She explains that it is a combination of fear and pleasure that does it. The two of them spend more and more time rehearsing, and even develop a sort of telepathy that allows her to direct the knives.
Gabor and Adele go on the road, Adele giving in to whatever offer she receives from the men who wander by, until they end up as entertainment on a Mediterranean cruise ship. There she meets a Greek named Takis who has just married a nice Italian girl.
Yep, you guessed it, only this time Adele actually leaves Gabor on the cruise ship and takes off in a rowboat with Takis. (What did I tell you about the French light touch?)
It's goofy, yes, and so is much of the rest of the film, but it is done so deftly that you'll be enthralled -- with most of it, anyway. The one letdown is the overall predictability of the plot, but since it's a romantic comedy that can perhaps be overlooked.
On a deeper level, the film is about the erotic effects of risk-taking and danger. Director Patrice Leconte has been quoted as saying that "life is only possible if you believe in fate, emotion and instinct;" Adele is the embodiment of that belief.
It would be tempting to speculate on the significance of Leconte's use of black and white over color. It is not, Leconte says, a conscious allusion to Fellini's "La Strada," though he is flattered that some have compared the two. The whimsical fact is that he did it because his previous film -- "Une Chance Sur Deux" -- had too many colors. He tried black and white; the actors loved it, et voilà.
Vanessa Paradis is simply terrific as Adele; not only does she look great, but she can almost convince you that her problem is bad luck. Daniel Auteuil is equally persuasive as Gabor; he too has enormous eyes that can sear right into your soul, or at least your loins.
Opens Aug. 18 at La Jolla Village Cinemas. In French with English subtitles. Rated R.
— Jean Lowerison