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Pola X (1999)

 -  Drama | Romance  -  9 October 1999 (Japan)
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A young writer becomes intrigued with a mysterious dark-haired woman who claims to be his long-lost sister and he begin an unusual relationship with her prompting a downward spiral involving his domineering mother and lovely fiancée

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Pierre
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Isabelle
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Marie
Delphine Chuillot ...
Lucie
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Thibault
Patachou ...
Margherite
Petruta Catana ...
Razerka
Mihaella Silaghi ...
The Child
Sharunas Bartas ...
The Chief
Samuel Dupuy ...
Fred
Mathias Mlekuz ...
TV presenter
Dine Souli ...
Taxi driver
Miguel Yeco ...
Augusto
Khireddine Medjoubi ...
Cafe owner's son
Mark Zak ...
Romanian friend
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Storyline

Pierre vive con la madre in Normandia. Un'esistenza tranquilla e felice. Ogni mattina Pierre va a trovare Lucie, la propria fidanzata. Sono in fermento perchè devono sposarsi fra breve. Una sera il giovane fa uno strano incontro. Una donna bella e malinconica, dal volto stranamente familiare. Lei gli dice di essere sua sorella e di chiamarsi Isabelle. Pierre rimane scioccato : perchè la madre non gli ha mai rivelato questo segreto? Written by rosebud6

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Also Known As:

Pierre oder Der Kampf mit der Sphinx  »

Box Office

Budget:

FRF 71,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$14,007 (USA) (8 September 2000)

Gross:

$172,107 (USA) (6 April 2001)
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Pola is an acronym for "Pierre ou les ambiguites," the French translation of the title of the Herman Melville novel on which the film is based. See more »

Quotes

Margherite: Be careful! You dream of writing a mature work, but your charm lies in your thorough immaturity. You dream of setting fire to God knows what, of rising above your times like a dazzling cloud, leaving everyone terrified and admiring. But you weren't born for that, Pierre! You don't even believe it yourself.
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Light
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Performed by Paris Philharmonic Orchestra
Conducted by Jean-Claude Dubois
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Truly breathtaking; a modern masterpiece.
8 December 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Pola X is a beautiful adaption of Herman Melville's 'Pierre; or, the Ambiguities'. The comments on here surprise me, it makes me wonder what has led to the overwhelmingly negative reaction.

The shock value is the least appealing thing about this film - a minor detail that has been blown out of proportion. The story is of Pierre's downfall - and the subsequent destruction of those around him - which is overtly demonstrated in his features, demeanour and idiolect. The dialogue and soundtrack set this film apart from any other I have seen, and turn a fundamentally traditional storyline with controversial twists into an unforgettably emotional epic.

I can't stress enough the importance of disregarding everything you have heard about this film and watching, as I did, with an open mind. You will, I hope, be rewarded in the same way that I was. I felt on edge and nervous from around the half-hour mark, however the film is far from scary in any traditional sense. It will leave you with 1,000 thoughts, each of them at once troublesome and thrilling. I know I'm gushing here, but I feel the need to make up for the negative perception of this film. It's the best I've seen all year.


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