Posted on Friday, October 19th, 2012 by Germain Lussier
Love it or hate it, Holy Motors is a movie that gets people talking. Already a darling on the festival circuit, Leos Carax‘s first feature film in over a decade follows a man played by Denis Lavant who travels in a limo going from place to place and inhabiting different characters. The connective tissue is minor, each role is radically different, some are all together disturbing, and in the end you’ll be scratching your head about what it all means more than you did at The Master. Still, the whole thing is done with such skill that you’d be hard pressed not to want to sit down and talk about it for hours, days, months after your first viewing.
Holy Motors is currently playing in limited release but will likely expand to other art houses soon. If you love film, you owe it to yourself to check it out. The official U.S. trailer is below.
Here’s the official description of the film which, like the trailer, is completely off the wall.
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Over the course of a single day, Monsieur Oscar travels by limousine around Paris to a series of nine “appointments,” transforming into new characters or incarnations at each stop. Fetched in the morning by Celine, his trusty chauffeur on this surreal journey, Oscar begins the day as a captain of industry. Then he becomes a gypsy crone, begging for spare change on a bridge over the Seine. Inside a digital production facility, he’s a ninja warrior transformed by cutting edge technology into a reptilian sex god. Next he’s a gibberish-spewing troglodyte who kidnaps a fashion model from a photo shoot in Pere-Lachaise cemetery, ferrying her to his underground lair in the sewers. Then he’s the melancholy father of a teenage daughter, followed by a shadowy assassin sent to kill his own doppelgaenger, a dying old man, and finally a thwarted lover revisiting a flame from his past atop a decaying Right Bank department store next to the Pont-Neuf. Monster movie, film noir, romantic drama, musical, crime thriller, futuristic sex fantasia… HOLY MOTORS is all of these and, then again, none of these. It is a ravishing, shape-shifting, fever dream of becoming, unraveling and starting all over again. From celluloid magic to the digital data stream, Monsieur Oscar’s epic journey of the soul is all of our dreams.