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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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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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)  »

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Pierre oder Der Kampf mit der Sphinx  »

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FRF 71,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$172,107 (USA) (6 April 2001)
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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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Referenced in The Killing Floor (2007) See more »

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Ode on the Birthday of Queen Mary
Written by Henry Purcell
Performed by Alfred Deller and the Choir and Orchestra of Oriana, directed by Alfred Deller
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Violence, explicit/deviant sex and other shock used to propel story
5 June 1999 | by (Stillwater, OK) – See all my reviews

Imagine the 2,500 seat Lumiere Theatre at Cannes dead silent. No one breathed as the incestuous sex scene began.

Understandably, half of the audience applauded as others booed the close of this film. The innovations in sound are remarkable, and locations stunning, but the crawling pace of a youthful cult leader's slow descent and eventual destruction of everyone near to him is arduous business. Thankfully it is broken up by strange twists of circumstance which justify those tortured looks from monolithic Deneuve and Depardeiu. It's just a bit of a shame that such traditional shock elements (an exploding head, a beautifully choreographed motorcycle accident) are precisely what the audience lives for to lift the weight of the rest of the picture. Carax's reply to the press between long drags on a cigarette, "What explicit imagery?" told me the rest of the story.


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