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 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
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 »
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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Even though it's set in the present time, 1999 "POLA X" is quite like a costumed melodrama. When the movie was through, it felt as if I just walked out of "A Tale of Two Cities" period. Writer-director Leos Carax did base his script on Herman Melville's 1852 "Pierre, ou les ambiguites" (P.O.L.A.) and the "X" in the film title being the tenth draft of the script.
It is the depiction of a successful young man, a writer of novels, whose interest is pricked for something different, and has the grand illusion to seek out the truth, hence he's ready to believe whatever the mysterious woman is telling him. Such is the melodrama of him leaving his riches and comfortable life to tackle the change of living environment and be in the company of the poor and homeless, turning to cult community group living. The sparseness of things and possessions alters his frame of reference, and he throws himself open to this 'stranger' of a woman from a different world, the kind of tenderness he has not experienced before with his sister (portrayed by Catherine Deneuve) or his young and innocent rich fiancee Lucie. There are intimate sensual scenes captured for mature audiences only.
The movie still revolves around Carax's staple theme of the pursuit of love
a young man attracted and drawn into the circle of a woman. You might need
patience with this movie. (If you're a faithful Leos Carax fan, you probably can take it fine). If not, try his 1986 "Bad Blood", a stylish gangster-love story, or 1991"The Lovers on the Bridge", both films have Juliette Binoche and Denis Lavant playing opposite each other - it's fascinating to watch this godsend pair of dedicated actors.
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