|Directed by||Leos Carax|
|Produced by||Bruno Pésery|
|Written by||Leos Carax|
|Based on||Pierre: or, The Ambiguities |
by Herman Melville
|Music by||Scott Walker|
|Editing by||Nelly Quettier|
|Running time||134 minutes|
The film was entered into the 1999 Cannes Film Festival. Pola X has been associated with the New French Extremity.
PlotPierre (Guillaume Depardieu) lives with his mother Marie (Catherine Deneuve) in a castle in Normandy by the riverside of the Seine. They are very beautiful, rich, carefree and they like themselves. Every morning, Pierre leaves on the inherited bike of his father to visit Lucie (Delphine Chuillot), his fiancee. One night, Marie announces to Pierre that she arranged the date for his marriage to Lucie. Pierre leaves to announce the good news to his fiance. On the way, in the forest, a funereal beauty appears (Yekaterina Golubeva). She speaks with a strong accent from the countries of the East: "Pierre... you are not the only child, I am your sister, Isabelle." A passionate incestuous relationship will ensue.
- Guillaume Depardieu as Pierre
- Yekaterina Golubeva as Isabelle
- Catherine Deneuve as Marie
- Delphine Chuillot as Lucie
- Laurent Lucas as Thibault
- Patachou as Margherite
- Petruta Catana as Razerka
- Mihaella Silaghi as The Child
- Sharunas Bartas as The Chief
- Samuel Dupuy as Fred
- Mathias Mlekuz as TV presenter
- Dine Souli as Taxi driver
- Miguel Yeco as Augusto
- Khireddine Medjoubi as Cafe owner's son
- Mark Zak as Romanian friend
- Anne Kanis as Chef's wife (Anne Richter)
SoundtrackThe soundtrack was produced by Scott Walker and features some instrumental tracks by him, as well as contributions by Sonic Youth and Bill Callahan, who also has a cameo appearance in the film.
Alternative versionAn alternate longer TV version entitled "Pierre ou les ambiguïtés", edited in three episodes with an additional 40 minutes of footage was shown for the first time on September 24, 2001 on Arte German-French TV channel. The episodes were titled A la lumière, A l'ombre des lumières and Dans le sang.
Carax edited the TV version along the lines of serials from his childhood, in particular Vidocq. The new scenes in the alternative version were produced during the original shoot with extra money raised by producer Bruno Pesery to allow them to exceed their contractually agreed 140 minute running time. The new sequences explore the dreams of Peter and his relationship with his mother, sister and fiancee. In an interview with Jacques Morice, Carax stated that "it is not an "extended version" or a "final version" of the film "Pola X", but a different proposition for television."