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Pola X (1999)

Not Rated  |   |  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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Patachou ...
Petruta Catana ...
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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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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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Come, Ye Sons of Art
Written by Henry Purcell
Performed by Alfred Deller and the Choir and Orchestra of Oriana, directed by Alfred Deller
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Amazing visuals, earnest film
26 August 2001 | by (Brooklyn, NY) – See all my reviews

What to say? The film is overdone, for sure, but I can't agree with criticism of the lack of naturalism in the film. It's melodramatic, yes, it's over-the-top, yes, it's self-important, yes, but for all that, I think it ends up telling a story with interest and passion that would be very difficult to tell except in this way. It's a story about a certain, highly Romantic worldview that, yes, is basically horseshit, but at least Carax is honest with his audience about where that kind of self-aggrandizement leads.

What almost saves the film from total pretentiousness is the fact that Pierre must lie in the bed he has made for himself. If one demands so much "truth" out of life, if one rejects anything with the slightest tinge of falsehood about it, then that is yet another ridiculous attitude. And by that I mean, yes, in the end Pierre is ridiculous, but maybe that's Carax's point?

Maybe I'm wrong. Maybe he does end up as a Romantic hero in the end. And maybe it's not so original for that reason.

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