LÉOS CARAX RETROSPECTIVE
AREA PREMIERE: POLA X
JUNE 28, 2000,
$6 ($4 WALKER MEMBERS)
Based on Herman Melville's novel Pierre, or The Ambiguities, Pola X
marked Carax's return to filmmaking after eight years. In the film, Pierre
(Guillaume Depardieu) lives with his mother (Catherine Deneuve) in a chateau,
where they plan his marriage to a beautiful woman. Then, one night in the
woods, he encounters the mysterious Isabelle (Katerina Golubeva) who claims
to be his long-lost sister. It's a revelation that changes his life. The
director has called the film his first narrative work--the story's fablelike
qualities and concentration on familial structure stretch his recurring
theme of boy meets girl to a new limit. Here, attractions and relations
are kept enigmatic, which prevents viewers from drawing simplified conclusions.
1999, France, in French with English subtitles, 100 minutes.