Pola X
First screened in March 2001 / Most recently screened in December 2015
Director: Leos Carax. Cast: Guillaume Depardieu, Katerina Golubeva, Catherine Deneuve, Delphine Chuillot, Laurent Lucas, Patachou, Sharunas Bartas, Petruta Catana, Mihaella Silaghi, Samuel Dupuy, Mathias Mlekuz, . Screenplay: Leos Carax, Lauren Sedofsky, and Jean-Pol Fargeau (based on the novel Pierre, or the Ambiguities by Herman Meville).

Twitter Capsule: Mad, extravagant, unsettling. Even dangling threads and rough edges serve its projects. A great portrait of ego in tumult.

VOR:   I adore this one, so I'm a skewed judge of overall value, but the artistry is certainly audacious, as are the political critiques, erotics, and uptake of Melville.

Photo © 1999 Arena Films/Pola Productions/Theo Films/France 2 Cinéma/
Pandora Filmproduktion/Euro Space/Vega Film, © 2000 WinStar Cinema

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: A–

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