Picks and Pans Review: Girl on the Bridge

updated 08/07/2000 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 08/07/2000 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Vanessa Paradis, Daniel Auteuil

For most women, when a man starts throwing knives at you, it's time to scram. For Adele (Paradis), a troubled, promiscuous waif, having sharpened steel hurled at her marks the start of her involvement with Gabor (Auteuil). He's a professional knife thrower who, after spotting Adele as she's about to leap off a bridge, recruits her to star in his act. Though he insists, "I never sleep with my targets," their performances onstage and off become increasingly erotic, with Adele writhing and moaning as Gabor tosses his blades with ever greater accuracy and force.

Girl, shot in luminous black and white by director Patrice Leconte, is an exceedingly slight dramatic fable. But Paradis, a French pop star who lives with Johnny Depp, glows as she goes from glum gamine to glamor gal. (R)

Bottom Line: Wobbly Bridge

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