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Pola X (1999)

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100

Average Rating: 7.6/10
Critic Reviews: 7
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 0

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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

Apr 10, 2001

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Plays like a passionate, harrowing confession.

October 8, 2012 Full Review Source: New Yorker
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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.

February 14, 2001 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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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.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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If Pola X is a failure, it is a more stimulating failure than most successful films.

January 1, 2000
Film.com
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The filmmaker may have written 10 drafts, but there's only one Carax, uncompromisingly ambiguous.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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As one expects from this filmmaker, 'Pola X' is offbeat in the extreme.

November 21, 2013 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews
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Carax is a visual director and "Pola X" works best when he uses his locales and set design to excellent effect,

February 14, 2013 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

beautiful to look at and listen to but it has a cold heart.

February 13, 2013 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

I think, in the long run, it will stand up as one of the most outstanding and memorable films of the year.

May 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Grand and poetic and overcooked, which I'm sure Melville would have been proud of.

February 28, 2002 Full Review Source: Goatdog's Movies
Goatdog's Movies

Audacious but not completely successful, Pola X transports Melville's story to contemporary France.

February 14, 2001 Full Review Source: Sacramento Bee
Sacramento Bee

Excessive in every way, Pola X flounders and drowns in its own melodrama.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

The images are incredible; they transpire with a lyrical, hallucinatory, and dramatically powerful resonance.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

IIt is a precious film, though parts of it may not be pleasing or decipherable.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Young Depardieu is a strong presence in Pola X and Deneuve emits a wry sangfroid that is formidable.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
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