A suicidal girl who believes she was born luckless and a washed-up knife thrower meet on a bridge and discover their shared destiny: This could only be one of those whimsically metaphysical romances in which the French specialize. And that's not entirely
a criticism; at its best Patrice LeConte's fairy tale romance has a dreamy, fabulous quality that's surprisingly charming, given how thoroughly contrived it is. Though young, Adele (Vanessa Paradis) has already experienced a lifetime's worth of seduction and abandonment, and her fragile optimism
has given way to the sort of despair that leads people to high bridges on bitterly cold winter nights. While gazing into ...