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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

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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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9 October 1999 (Japan)  »

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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The "X" in the title represents the number of drafts the script went through. 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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Soundtracks

Pola X
Written by Scott Walker
Performed by Ian Thomas, Ralph Salmins (tambours), John Giblin (bass guitar), Hugh Burns,
Clem Clempson, Steve Donnelly, Jay Stapley (guitars), Brian Gascoigne (keyboards),
, Alasdair Malloy, Martin Owen, Julian Poole (percussion)
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Fascinating Aesthetics
15 August 2008 | by (Berlin, Germany) – See all my reviews

I watched Pola X because Scott Walker composed the film score and I admire his music a lot. Frankly, I expected a somewhat pretentious and possibly incoherent French movie. I was wrong. The vision of the film quickly managed to engage my attention to the fullest - starting with the opening sequence, which shows black and white footage of military airplanes throwing bombs at graves at the sounds of music and Scott Walker's beautiful wailing voice. The film explores the identity crisis of Pierre (Guillaume Depardieu - a brilliant choice for the role) and his consequential (self-)destruction. The story is divided into two parts – the first depicts Pierre's carefree life in a beautiful house in the French countryside and the second follows his utter personal disintegration after he abandons everything and moves to Paris to live in squalor with his supposed half-sister. Both parts contain some amazingly stunning photography – the first very colorful and bright, the second utterly gloomy and nearly apocalyptic - adding up to a true aesthetic feast. Pola X is a fascinating and quite unique movie experience.


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