Pola X (1999)
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Eight years after Les Amants du Pont Neuf (1991), which failed at the box office, Léos Carax returned with Pola X, a French/German/Swiss co-production with Catherine Deneuve and the young Guillaume Dépardieu in a story of love, incest, and descent into hell. Pierre (Dépardieu) lives with his mother in Normandy, not far from the banks of the Seine River where Victor Hugo's daughter drowned with her lover. The good-looking mother and son are happy, healthy, and wealthy, and they love each other
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It works on several levels of meaning and panache, yet it undoubtedly will leave behind those unable to go along with its unabashed headiness.
Faithful readers will know I have an affection for raving lunatics and am grateful for films that break free of the dismal bonds of formula to cartwheel into overwrought passionate excess.
If Pola X is a failure, it is a more stimulating failure than most successful films.
The filmmaker may have written 10 drafts, but there's only one Carax, uncompromisingly ambiguous.
As one expects from this filmmaker, 'Pola X' is offbeat in the extreme.
Carax is a visual director and "Pola X" works best when he uses his locales and set design to excellent effect,
I think, in the long run, it will stand up as one of the most outstanding and memorable films of the year.
Grand and poetic and overcooked, which I'm sure Melville would have been proud of.
Audacious but not completely successful, Pola X transports Melville's story to contemporary France.
Excessive in every way, Pola X flounders and drowns in its own melodrama.
The images are incredible; they transpire with a lyrical, hallucinatory, and dramatically powerful resonance.
IIt is a precious film, though parts of it may not be pleasing or decipherable.
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