The Girl on the Bridge

Gorgeous comedy-drama about an eccentric knife thrower who saves a nymphomaniac from committing suicide and hires her as the new "target" for his act. Girl on the Bridge is the latest effort by my favorite French filmmaker, Patrice Leconte, and it's every bit as unique as his previous efforts (including Monsieur Hire, The Hairdresser's Husband and Ridicule – all highly entertaining and worth watching).

Filmed very athletically in widescreen black and white – one of the coolest looks in cinema – this is as much a whacked-out meditation on the meaning of luck as it is a coy love story about two people who are, in some senses if not the obvious one, soulmates. The always-reliable Daniel Auteuil and model-turned-actress Vanessa Paradis are both delightful as the kooky couple, and the soundtrack of jumpy jazz classics and Middle East kickers only adds to the fun. Though already over a year old, it's still one of the best films I've seen in 2000.