Pola X
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Based on a short story by Herman Melville, Pola X is an impressionistic story that explores the dividing line between what is and is not real. Pierre (Guillaume Depardieu) leads a charmed life, despite the fact there is turmoil all around him. He is a successful author, with a novel climbing the best-sellers lists, and is currently working on his next book. He shares a lovely home in the country with his loving and supportive mother, Marie (Catherine Deneuve), and is engaged to marry a beautiful girl named Lucie (Delphine Chuillot). However, Pierre is often troubled by bad dreams and is… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 76%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Plays like a passionate, harrowing confession."
‑ Richard Brody, New Yorker
"If Pola X is a failure, it is a more stimulating failure than most successful films."
‑ Robert Horton, Film.com
"Carax is a visual director and "Pola X" works best when he uses his locales and set design to excellent effect,"
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"Grand and poetic and overcooked, which I'm sure Melville would have been proud of."
‑ Michael W. Phillips, Jr., Goatdog's Movies
"The images are incredible; they transpire with a lyrical, hallucinatory, and dramatically powerful resonance."
‑ Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
"It works on several levels of meaning and panache, yet it undoubtedly will leave behind those unable to go along with its unabashed headiness."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"The filmmaker may have written 10 drafts, but there's only one Carax, uncompromisingly ambiguous."
‑ Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
"beautiful to look at and listen to but it has a cold heart."
‑ Laura Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"Audacious but not completely successful, Pola X transports Melville's story to contemporary France."
‑ Joe Baltake, Sacramento Bee
"IIt is a precious film, though parts of it may not be pleasing or decipherable."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"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."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"As one expects from this filmmaker, 'Pola X' is offbeat in the extreme."
‑ Donald J. Levit, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"I think, in the long run, it will stand up as one of the most outstanding and memorable films of the year."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Excessive in every way, Pola X flounders and drowns in its own melodrama."
‑ Jeremiah Kipp, Filmcritic.com
"Young Depardieu is a strong presence in Pola X and Deneuve emits a wry sangfroid that is formidable."
‑ Ed Kelleher, Film Journal International
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