Pola X

Pola X

DVD - 2006 | French
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A young, successful author is haunted by a recurring dream of a woman obscured in darkness.

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jimg2000
Apr 13, 2016

Pierre: What an idiot I am! I wanted to do right. "To do right." What a hoax!
Belle: I don't understand.
Pierre: I wanted to give you everything, but I have nothing.
Belle: We're together, that's everything.
Pierre: But where? Where are we?
Belle: Outside it all.

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jimg2000
Apr 13, 2016

Advice to Pierre from his publisher:
Marguerite: You worry me, Pierre. Your appearance... your conversation... I barely recognize you. This need to spit the world's sinister truth in its face is as old as the world itself! You know what Musil wrote: "One can't resent one's era without being swiftly punished by it." 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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Pierre: I was at the cafe with the group's leader. He'll be a good model for my novel. He knows it well... the great lie... hidden behind everything.

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jimg2000
Apr 13, 2016

The relationship:
Lucie: I've come to live with you. I must be here.
Pierre: That's impossible.
Lucie: They think I'm mad but I'm not. Let me live near you. I know nothing but I can guess... like a sacrifice. I won't ask your secrets. I'll keep my feelings hidden. You're in danger, I have to be here. We'll say you're my cousin. Let's try it. I want only you.
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Belle: You! I am not enough for you?
Pierre: Don't be afraid... She's been very ill. She'll stay with us a while. Poor thing, she imagines I'm a saint.
Belle: Either you've told her our secret, or...
Pierre: No! The secret's still a secret.
Belle: Then she's mad! And you, Pierre?
Pierre: You're my sister... whom I adore.

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jimg2000
Apr 13, 2016

Unusual lurid adaptation of Herman Melville's novel "Pierre" with highly stylized production. The opening chaos of war and destruction footage quickly changed to serene landscape which would revert to hectic scenes of troubling relationships of an aristocratic young writer. And, no, it is nothing like Moby Dick but a once widely banned film because of its "indecent" sexual theme.

Froster Nov 29, 2014

Very French indeed, as the "idea"of the film outweighs the execution, by far. But the execution ain't so bad for a movie that I suspect was "inspired" by that progenitor of all that's self-indulgent in French cinema, Roland Barthes (shudder). In fact, there's a lot of very beautiful imagery that's been created, as well as a stunning performance by the late Guillaume Depardieu, who seems to literally unravel during the course of the film. (This is like watching a car wreck, if one knows the torments to which this actor finally succumbed). The film's style takes you from the sunniest halcyon days to the darkest depths of despair in a palette that actually goes from golden to grey as the movie progresses. But the spiral gets stuck at the bottom; finally, the noise and the muck gets to be extremely repetitious and boring. On the way, though, there are some gorgeous views, a rare, passionate performance by Deneuve, and one major breakdown. Those, and an EXTREMELY explicit sex scene make Pola X worth sitting through.

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