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Movie Review: Holy Motors

Although it painted a bizarre scene at first, Holy Motors transitioned and unfolded into an impeccable story


November 10, 2012 | 11:18 a.m. CST

Holy Motors left its audience wondering what it had just seen; where to begin to describe what had just taken place before their eyes.

Would one attempt to describe it with the flower-eating, gremlin-looking troll who bit off the finger of a woman and later kidnapped a model into a cave? Or perhaps one could also start with the futuristic love scene between a man and woman in motion capture suits whose exact movements are projected and transformed into game-like monsters. No matter where the description of the story begins, there aren’t exact words that can capture Leos Carax’s latest creation.

The film follows Monsieur Oscar (Denis Lavant) for a day as he plays his ever-changing role in one life to the next. He switches from one character as a beggar to another as a murderer sent on a mission to kill … himself?

His change in character, role and costume all take place in his limo, while accompanied by the only other character who is there for the duration of the film, his driver, Celine (Edith Scob). She manages his daily “appointments” as she transports him swiftly from location to location across the busy streets of Paris.

While the storyline and plot may be difficult to follow, once understood, the concept of the film is beautiful. A film not meant for those looking for a plot thrown in your face that’s easy to decipher and predictable, instead Holy Motors offers a chance for its audience to use their imagination. Easily considered a “weird” film by conventional standards, it’s a breath of fresh air; guaranteed to be like nothing you’ve ever seen before.

Vox Rating: V V V V

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