Es gibt keine Untergänge – nur Übergänge. Unter diesem Credo erlebt die junge, künstlerisch hochbegabte Oda von Siering das Ende einer Epoche: im Sommer 1914, kurz vor Ausbruch des Ersten Weltkriegs, steht der Zerfall des deutsch geprägten, zum russischen Kaiserreich gehörenden Baltikums unmittelbar bevor. Ein Zerfall, der Odas Leben, ihre aristokratische Familie und alle Gewissheiten bedroht – und der sie dennoch zu ihrem Glück zwingt. Die Begegnung mit einem estnischen Anarchisten und Schriftsteller wird Odas Schicksal bestimmen.
Die Geschichte einer alles wagenden Liebe.
Ein historisches Drama vor den Flächenbränden Europas.
Großes Kino – das alles ist Poll.
In the summer of 1914, a 14-year-old German girl returns to her home on the Baltic coast, a place uneasily shared by Germans, Russians and Estonians. While her morbid scientist father controls the family with cruel hand, the passionate young girl secretly nurses a wounded Estonian anarchist back to health - at first an act of curiosity and then of defiance that could set off an uncontrollable chain reaction...
On the eve of World War I, 14-year-old Oda von Siering returns to Poll, her family home on the Baltic coast, a region uneasily shared by Germans, Russians and Estonians. With her are the mortal remains of her mother, who passed away in Berlin. Awaiting the bright and inquisitive girl are her father Ebbo, an eccentric scientist with a dubious interest in racial breeding; her aunt Milla, who flees reality through music and affairs; and other members of her aristocratic German family, who are clinging to their privileges in a world on the brink of disaster. Upon finding a wounded Estonian anarchist on the estate, the passionate, impulsive Oda fearlessly hides him and secretly nurses him back to health, aware that her deed could trigger a chain reaction of uncontrollable violence. She falls in love with the young man, a writer who stimulates her craving for romance and adventure. He, however, plans to leave Poll as soon as possible. But he underestimates the power of her feelings toward him and of her alienation from a world she has little in common with.
"The Poll Diaries" hauntingly evokes the end-of-days atmosphere of a doomed society at the crossroads of the German and Russian Empires in the early years of the 20th century. Following his award-winning "Four Minutes" (Audience Awards at the Hamptons and San Francisco, German Film Awards and Best Film Award in Shanghai and Sofia), director Chris Kraus now presents the masterly portrait of a segment of civilization and humanity sliding into chaos and anarchy. Shot on the Baltic coast in and around a spectacularly precarious mansion, "The Poll Diaries" features a gallery of superb actors, led by the radiant young breakout star Paula Beer.