Holy Motors

Wayward, kaleidoscopic, black comic and bizarre; there is in it a batsqueak of genius, dishevelment and derangement; it is captivating and compelling.


Holy Motors

HOLY MOTORS may be the most driven and divine film produced this year. After a brief overture, harkening back to the very earliest images of cinema itself, Leos Carax’s beguiling work takes us on a voyage unlike any other. The ship of choice is a gleaming white limousine. Inside, we follow the adventures of Mr. Oscar, (Carax’s longtime leading man, Denis Lavant) who has nine “assignments” to complete. More like command performances, these assignments require that he inhabit various roles and lives as if on a movie set, becoming an old woman, a tramp and an assassin, among other things. As the odyssey continues (and after a bizarre musical interlude), the performances (or bouts of possession) begin to take their toll on Mr. Oscar and his ever-faithful chauffeur, Celine. By turns heartbreaking and uproariously funny, playful and morose, HOLY MOTORS is a wild and heavenly ride with endless interpretations and no easy answers.

“It's a hoot, but also mysterious and moving.” (Demetrios Matheou, Sight and Sound)
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Leos Carax
Edith Scob, Eva Mendes, Kylie Minogue
David Jenkins, Little White Lies

It’s been 13 long years since maverick French virtuoso, Leos Carax, graced the world with a feature film, his last being 1999’s hugely underrated and grandiosely romantic Melville adaptation, Pola X. Few at Cannes knew what to expect from his eagerly anticipated new work, Holy Motors, a ...

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