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A young writer becomes intrigued with a mysterious dark-haired woman who claims to be his long-lost sister, starting an unusual relationship with her and prompting a downward spiral involving his domineering mother and lovely fiancée.

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Pierre
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Isabelle
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Marie
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Lucie
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Thibault
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Margherite
Petruta Catana ...
Razerka
Mihaella Silaghi ...
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Le Chef
Samuel Dupuy ...
Fred
Mathias Mlekuz ...
Présentateur TV
Dine Souli ...
Chauffeur de Taxi
Miguel Yeco ...
Augusto
Khireddine Medjoubi ...
FIls du Patron du Café
Mark Zak ...
L'Ami Roumain
Anne Richter ...
Femme du Chef
Myriam Defremont ...
Policier
Michel B. Dupérial ...
Policier
Pascal Parmentier ...
Policier
Jean-Jacques Colin ...
Policier
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Musicien (as Bill 'Smog' Callahan)
Mario Gremlich ...
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Bobo ...
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Kerstin Fischer ...
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Tom Liwa ...
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Thomas Klein ...
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Peter Sarach ...
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Fritz Wittek ...
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Steve Donnelly ...
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Stefan Claudius ...
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Stuart Grimshaw ...
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Roland Hoppner ...
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Axel Neumann ...
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Martin Siry ...
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Julia Zanke ...
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Kersten Ginsberg ...
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Directed by

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Leos Carax

Written by

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Leos Carax ... (writer)
 
Jean-Pol Fargeau ... (writer)
 
Herman Melville ... (novel "Pierre, or, the Ambiguities")
 
Lauren Sedofsky ... (writer)

Produced by

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Karl Baumgartner ... co-producer
Dschingis Bowakow ... line producer
Raimond Goebel ... executive producer
Kenzô Horikoshi ... associate producer
Bruno Pesery ... producer (as Bruno Pésery)
Albert Prévost ... executive producer
Ruth Waldburger ... co-producer

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Scott Walker

Cinematography by

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Eric Gautier

Film Editing by

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Nelly Quettier

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Antoinette Boulat

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Laurent Allaire

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Regine Constant
Eric Pech ... (assistant art director)

Costume Design by

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Esther Walz

Makeup Department

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Bernard Floch ... makeup supervisor
Esmé Sciaroni ... makeup artist (as Esme Sciaroni)

Production Management

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Sylvie Barthet ... production manager
Dschingis Bowakow ... production manager
Marcelo Busse ... unit production manager: Germany
Alan Corno ... assistant unit manager
Christophe Frossard ... unit production manager
Michel Imbert ... general organization
Olivier Jacob ... assistant unit manager
Detlev Jansen ... unit production manager: Germany
Odile Marcel ... unit production manager
Antje Paul Leinberger ... executive in charge of production (as Antje Paul)
Françoise Piraud ... post-production manager

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Mathilde Cukierman ... assistant director
Antonin Dedet ... second assistant director
Jürgen Jansen ... assistant director: Germany
Gabriel Julien-Laferrière ... assistant director (as Gabriel-Julien Laferriere)
Richard Kravetz ... assistant director
Delphine Lemoine ... assistant director
Emile Louis ... second assistant director
Arnauld Mercadier ... assistant director
Surk-Ki Schrade ... assistant director: Germany
Myriam Segall ... assistant director
Diane Stein-Boris ... assistant director

Art Department

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Bernard Bridon ... property master
Michael Böttger ... set construction
Tom Forger ... set construction
Franck Gies ... carpenter
Géraldine Hervé ... assistant production designer
Peter Menne ... art director: Germany
Rolf Rexhausen ... set construction
Philippe van Herwijnen ... property master

Sound Department

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André Cappello ... foley recordist
Valérie Deloof ... dialogue editor
Jean-Pierre Laforce ... sound
Marion Lorthioir ... post-synchronization
Vincent Montrobert ... foley artist
Elie Poicard ... discontinuité
Stéphane Thiébaut ... re-recording mixer
Jean-Louis Ughetto ... sound
Béatrice Wick ... sound
Ken Yasumoto ... boom operator

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Bernard Bridon ... special effects
Christian Guillon ... special effects supervisor
Jean-Christophe Magnaud ... special effects

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Thierry Barbier ... visual effects
Marc Bellan ... visual effects
Pierre Biecher ... visual effects
Myriam Catrin ... digital artist
Olivier Cotte ... digital artist
Herbert Posch ... visual effects
Christian Rajaud ... additional visual effects
Eve Ramboz ... digital artist
Guillaume Terrien ... compositor: Ex-Machina

Stunts

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Jean-Louis Airola ... stunts
Gilbert Bataille ... stunt driver
Guillaume Castillon ... stunt double
Max Garnier ... stunt driver
Pascal Garnier ... stunts
Dominique Julienne ... stunts
Laurent Larcher ... stunt double
Christophe Roblin ... stunt double

Camera and Electrical Department

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Victor Abadia ... electrician
François Berroir ... gaffer
Boris Bourgois ... grip
Sébastien Buchmann ... second assistant camera
Patrick de Ranter ... steadicam operator
Peter Franken ... electrician
Denis Garnier ... camera trainee
Catherine Georges ... camera operator "b" camera
Klaus Harnisch ... electrician
Sophie Lemaire ... second assistant camera
Stephan Rother ... gaffer
Marion Stalens ... still photographer
Andreas Theiner ... electrician

Casting Department

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Audrey Gatimel ... extras casting
Eve Kirchner ... extras casting: Germany

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Camille Ballouhey ... costume assistant
Corinne Bruand ... assistant costume designer

Location Management

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Carmen Lima ... location manager
Antoine Restencourt ... location assistant
Myriam Segall ... location scout

Music Department

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Hugh Burns ... musician: guitar
Geoff Foster ... score recordist

Additional Crew

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Françoise Bouillon-Pommerolle ... chief production accountant
Florence Forney ... production secretary
Susanna Lo ... production coordinator
Laurence Picollec ... financial director
Stefan Rüll ... legal services
Patrick Sendjakedine ... travelling car
Birgit Wittemann ... production coordinator

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

Pierre, a young man of privilege, whose anonymously-published novel is a hit and who's about to marry his blond cousin, Lucie, abandons all when a dark-haired vagrant tells him her secret late one night in the woods: that she is Isabelle, his sister, abandoned by their father. Pierre breaks off with Lucie and his doting mother, heading for Paris with Isabelle, intent on knowing the dark side of human nature. He begins a novel, sending chapters under a pseudonym to his publisher; his relationship with Isabelle moves beyond the fraternal; and, in winter, the frail Lucie comes to live with them. Family jealousies mount, and Pierre may have discovered despair instead of the truth. Written by

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Also Known As
  • Pierre ou les ambiguïtés (France)
  • Pierre oder Der Kampf mit der Sphinx (Germany)
  • ポーラX (Japan, Japanese title)
  • Пола Икс (Russia)
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Runtime
  • 134 min
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Budget FRF71,500,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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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 »
Movie Connections Featured in Mr. X, a Vision of Leos Carax (2014). See more »
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Crazy Credits After credits there's a dedication "à mes trois soeurs" ("for my three sisters"). 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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