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3.5
852 Ratings

Pola X

Directed by Léos Carax
France, Japan, 1999
Drama

Synopsis

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.

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Pola X Directed by Léos Carax
…If it sounds like rough sailing, just imagine it filtered through one of the most intense gazes the French cinema ever laid claim to. Carax’s touchstones, percussive rhythm, sharp compositions bleeding with primary colors, eye-popping cues to cinema, a pre-Raphaelite sensitivity towards bodies and faces, or hitherto used to externalize passion, render it in cinematic terms.
July 02, 2014
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Pola X can perhaps most fruitfully be seen as a film about the tragic Depardieu, who died at the age of 37 (Golubeva recently died, too, of “causes unknown”). Carax doesn’t always seem to know what he’s doing here, but the angelic and damned Depardieu certainly does, and his guiding presence gives the film much weight and poignancy.
October 10, 2012
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Carax, who shot to the forefront of world cinema in his twenties, here wrestles with fame, success, love, and family; if his fidelity to Melville’s plot constrains his image-making somewhat (and his sense of humor), it doesn’t limit the rock-operatic, heaven-storming intensity of his inner vision. Bathos and rage, ambition and frustration, and forbidden lust (filmed with a post-pornographic precision) converge in a sort of furious and less than fond farewell to himself.
October 08, 2012
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