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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The "X" in the title represents the number of drafts the script went through. 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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Connections

Referenced in The Killing Floor (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Alto Rhapsody, Opus 53
Written by Johannes Brahms
Performed by Ceská Filharmonie (as the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra), directed by Giuseppe Sinopoli
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Truly breathtaking; a modern masterpiece.
8 December 2009 | by someguywithnobeliefsSee all my reviews

Pola X is a beautiful adaption of Herman Melville's 'Pierre; or, the Ambiguities'. The comments on here surprise me, it makes me wonder what has led to the overwhelmingly negative reaction.

The shock value is the least appealing thing about this film - a minor detail that has been blown out of proportion. The story is of Pierre's downfall - and the subsequent destruction of those around him - which is overtly demonstrated in his features, demeanour and idiolect. The dialogue and soundtrack set this film apart from any other I have seen, and turn a fundamentally traditional storyline with controversial twists into an unforgettably emotional epic.

I can't stress enough the importance of disregarding everything you have heard about this film and watching, as I did, with an open mind. You will, I hope, be rewarded in the same way that I was. I felt on edge and nervous from around the half-hour mark, however the film is far from scary in any traditional sense. It will leave you with 1,000 thoughts, each of them at once troublesome and thrilling. I know I'm gushing here, but I feel the need to make up for the negative perception of this film. It's the best I've seen all year.


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