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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 deeply. Pierre is romantically attached to the beautiful and delicate Lucie (Delphine Chuillot)… 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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