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Directed by Leos Carax

France 1999 134 mins. In French

“Herman Melville, Catherine Deneuve, music legend Scott Walker—they’re all part of the mad mix in the intoxicating, incendiary, often sexually explicit POLA X. The film is adapted from PIERRE, OR THE AMBIGUITIES, the mysterious, much-maligned 1852 novel that was Melville’s follow-up to MOBY DICK. Carax’s ravishing, insanely romantic, rock-operatic update is set in present-day Normandy, where Pierre (Guillaume Depardieu), born to wealth and a hit novelist to boot, resides with his mother Marie (Deneuve) and prepares to wed golden girl Lucie (Delphine Chuillot). After meeting a strange, spectral young woman (Yekaterina Golubeva) who may be his half-sister, Pierre throws everything away for a love dreamy, dark, and doomed.” —Pacific Cinematheque. “I am grateful for films that break free of the dismal bonds of formula to cartwheel into overwrought passionate excess…. I would rather see one movie like this than a thousand BRING IT ONs.”—Roger Ebert, The Chicago Sun-Times.