The latest feature film of Léos Carax (Boy Meets Girl, Pola X), HOLY MOTORS follows Monsieur Oscar (Denis Lavant, A Very Long Engagement, Boy Meets Girl) over the course of a single day, as he travels by limousine around Paris to a series of nine “appointments,” transforming into new characters or incarnations at each stop. 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 (Eva Mendes, Once Upon A Time in Mexico) from a photo shoot in Père-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 doppelgänger, 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. The flame in question is none other than Australian pop icon Kylie Minogue (Moulin Rouge!), whose performance of the film’s original song “Who Were We?” leaves an indelible impression.
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.
“HOLY MOTORS, fueled by pure feeling, is a dream of a movie you want to get lost in. It's a thing of beauty.” – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
“One of the grand cinematic eruptions of the year.” – Lisa Schwartzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
“An exhilarating tour de fource… The most astonishing film at Cannes.” – John Powers, Vogue
Official Competition Winner, Prix de la Jeunesse – Cannes Film Festival 2012
Mill Valley Film Festival 2012
Running time: 116 minutes. Not rated. In French with English subtitles.
For tickets and showtimes: http://www.landmarktheatres.com/tickets
Official film website: http://holymotorsfilm.com/
Added by landmark on November 13, 2012