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Pola X (1999)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 9 October 1999 (Japan)
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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Leos Carax

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Guillaume Depardieu ... Pierre
Yekaterina Golubeva ... Isabelle
Catherine Deneuve ... Marie
Delphine Chuillot Delphine Chuillot ... Lucie
Laurent Lucas ... Thibault
Patachou Patachou ... Margherite
Petruta Catana Petruta Catana ... Razerka
Mihaella Silaghi Mihaella Silaghi ... The Child
Sharunas Bartas ... The Chief
Samuel Dupuy Samuel Dupuy ... Fred
Mathias Mlekuz Mathias Mlekuz ... TV presenter
Dine Souli Dine Souli ... Taxi driver
Miguel Yeco Miguel Yeco ... Augusto
Khireddine Medjoubi Khireddine Medjoubi ... Cafe owner's son
Mark Zak 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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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Atlanta Filmes (Portugal)

Country:

France | Switzerland | Germany | Japan

Language:

French

Release Date:

9 October 1999 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Pierre oder Der Kampf mit der Sphinx See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

FRF 71,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,007, 10 September 2000, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$172,107, 8 April 2001
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Arena Films,Canal+,Degeto Film See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

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 »

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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Alternate Versions

An alternate longer TV version entitled "Pierre ou les ambiguïtés", edited in three one-hour episodes was shown for the first time on September 24, 2001 on Arte German-French TV channel. The original "POLA" title is the acronym of "Pierre Ou Les Ambiguïtés". See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Killing Floor (2007) See more »

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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A perfect filming of the most gut wrenching story ever!
9 March 2004 | by yossarian100See all my reviews

Leos Carax is brilliant and is one of the best film and camera guys in the business so it should come as no surprise that Pola X is an almost perfect filming of the most gut wrenching story ever. Seriously. If I could have figured out some way to climb inside my video monitor, I would have thrashed Pierre to within an inch of his life. No one has the right to be that self absorbed and that stupid, both at the same time, except maybe Heathcliff in Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights. After spending 134 minutes with Pierre, I need a large glass of brandy. Never have I been so angry at a main character. Ok, having said that, Pola X is a stunning movie with one of the few totally honest sex scenes I've ever seen in any film....which means another piece of brilliant filmmaking....and I'm talking graphic here, by the way. Pola X will beat the hell out of you, though, so make sure you're up for it if you decide to watch it.


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