Holy Motors (2012) | Take a surreal spin around the weird side of Paris in Leos Carax’s barking mad fantasy drama

Holy Motors (2012)With Film4 screening French auteur Leos Carax’s 2012 fantasy drama Holy Motors today at 11.50pm, followed by the documentary Mr X, here’s my original review which first appeared on Movie Talk in line with the Blu-ray release.

Ever had one of those crazy dreams where you try to create a narrative out of the many images that came to you while sleeping? Well, that’s the effect that Leos Carax’s Holy Motors will have on you.

From dawn to dusk, the mysterious Monsieur Oscar (Denis Lavant) is driven around Paris in a stretch limo by a female chauffeur (Edith Scob), adopting a number of personas and engaging in a series of increasingly surreal scenarios…

Holy Motors (2012)

This madcap odyssey will either have you scratching your head in utter disbelief, or praising it for being so ‘out there’. If you’re a fan of the surreal worlds of Luis Buñuel and David Lynch, and the comic manners of Charlie Chaplin, then this will be arthouse cinema nirvana for you. If you’re not a fan, then you’ll probably switch off before the opening scene has morphed into the first of Oscar’s increasingly bizarre appointments.

Holy Motors (2012)

Kudos goes to Eva Mendes and Kylie Minogue for their brief but memorable cameos – Mendes is a mute model who gets her hair eaten, while Minogue is a singing air hostess contemplating suicide. If you do last the distance, you’ll have to make your own mind up as to what exactly it all means. Totally barking – but I’m all for watching it all over again.

Holy Motors (2012)

Edith Scob, who plays Oscar’s elegant chauffeur Céline, is best known for her performance as the disfigured daughter of Pierre Brasseur’s obsessed doctor in Georges Franju’s 1960 horror classic Eyes Without a Face (aka Les yeux sans visage), which gets a UK Blu-ray release this week from the BFI.

Holy Motors is also available on DVD and Blu-ray from Artificial Eye



About Peter Fuller

Peter Fuller is an award-winning print, radio and television journalist and producer, with over 30 years experience covering film and television, with a special interest in world cinema and popular culture. He is a leading expert on the life and career of Vincent Price and actively promotes the actor's legacy through publications, websites and special events.

Posted on June 23, 2015, in Avant Garde, Must-See, World Cinema and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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