The trailer for Holy Motors may just be the weirdest video you see today
I love weird, ambiguous cinema. I love pushing the envelope to the furthest limits that motion pictures can handle. I love the bizarre and the unique and the original. HOLY MOTORS looks like it is all of those things at the same time.
The latest film from French director Leos Carax (POLA X, TOKYO!) is heaping the praise from critics across the world. The movie stars Denis Lavant, Kylie Minogue, and Eva Mendes. It was in contention for the Palm D'Or at this year's Cannes Film Festival and you can get a sense as to why from this trailer.
Plot: 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.
I am hoping this movie is as good as it looks, but I hope it straddles the line between brilliance and insanity. There seems to be a dangerous balancing act going on here that could tip the movie to either cinematic brilliance or over-indulgence.
HOLY MOTORS opened in limited release on October 17th, 2012.
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