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Pola X (1999)

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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 overview, first billed only:
Delphine Chuillot ...
Patachou ...
Petruta Catana ...
Mihaella Silaghi ...
The Child
Sharunas Bartas ...
The Chief
Samuel Dupuy ...
Mathias Mlekuz ...
TV presenter
Dine Souli ...
Taxi driver
Miguel Yeco ...
Khireddine Medjoubi ...
Cafe owner's son
Mark Zak ...
Romanian friend


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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Release Date:

9 October 1999 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Pierre oder Der Kampf mit der Sphinx  »

Box Office


FRF 71,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$172,107 (USA) (6 April 2001)

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Did You Know?


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 »


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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Written by Scott Walker
Performed by Paris Philharmonic Orchestra
Conducted by Jean-Claude Dubois
Christophe Guiot (1st violin)
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Not The Leos Carax Style We Once Knew, But Undenyably Still In Good Taste
16 June 2002 | by (la lune) – See all my reviews

As the previous commentator said, Leos Carax's style did change, although I do not know why. I wouldn't say he has become a German romantic, because I still think Pierre, the protagonist is a man searching for an aesthetic truth within a self-destructing world. He is a newly disillusioned man, who goes through a psychological adventure bitter at the hypocrisy of his old life, striving to strike and lash at the world with the bitter truth he has acquired. Although one could see this as a clear-cut razor sharp character, I find I cannot help but see him as a poet-like figure, in a Paris as stark as it really is, but this isn't new because his depiction of Paris in his last film was far from idealistic..

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