"Pola" is an anagram of Pierre, ou les Ambiguities
, the French title of the strange Herman Melville novel on which this equally strange film is based. The "X" might as well refer to its graphic sex scenes, which seem de rigeur
in current French
cinema. Director Leos Carax shifts Melville's setting from the gloomy Massachusetts mountains to France's gloriously golden chateaux, where young Pierre (Guillaume Depardieu), a successful novelist and son of a now-deceased diplomat, lives a life of luxury with his youthful mother, Marie
(Catherine Deneuve). Pierre intends to marry the lovely Lucie (Delphine Chuillot), but on the night he plans to propose, he ...