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Review: Holy Motors

Updated: Wednesday, December 12 2012, 07:21 PM CST

Grade: B-

Holy Motors is the latest from filmmaker Leos Carax and is his love letter to the craft.  This surreal cinematic experience will leave you wondering about the craft altogether.        

In this French film, Monsieur Oscar (Denis Lavant) carries out nine appointments a day.  He is chauffeured by a limousine and between each appointment he jumps back into the limo and changes into another completely different costume. It’s as if Oscar has nine Halloween parties to go to and can’t wear the same outfit to any of them, except his first venture begins early in the morning and ends late at night.  He starts out as a banker and then becomes an old woman that begs for change.  Next, Oscar puts on a scuba like suit and enters into a digital production warehouse that captures his moves along with a lady’s moves like they were working for the video game industry.  Some of the other appointments include being a chimpanzee’s husband and father to another chimp.  But that’s not even the one that is the most bizarre.  At his fourth stop, he has transformed into a barbaric leprechaun like character (pictured above) with long fingernails running around eating flowers out of a cemetery.  After he does this, he sees a photo shoot of a famous model (played by Eva Mendes).  After biting some bystander’s fingers off, he runs up and grabs the model and takes her away to an underground sewer.      

Oh, and if you check this one out, the ending is actually the strangest part in my opinion.  This film may be hard to understand, yet it’s beautiful.  It’s like a painting that has nine different things going on around the canvas, yet you just can’t figure out exactly what they are, but you know it’s all very beautiful and it’s mesmerizing.  Carax leaves us with this.  “We have incredible motors inside ourselves, too.  The film is a kind of science fiction in which humans, beasts and machines are on the verge of extinction – ‘sacred motors’ linked together by a common fate and solidarity, slaves to an increasingly virtual world.  A world from which visible machines, real experiences and actions are gradually disappearing.”

I promise you, no matter what, you will be fascinated.

Watch the trailer here:

Ken’s Movie Review Grading Scale -

A – Superb and solid; a movie that will be etched in your mind 10 years from now

B – Good movie, so good in fact that you would want to see it again before it’s out of the theaters; the story may drag in places

C – Average, entertaining at parts; you might want to wait and rent it

D – Lacks a lot from entertainment, plot, realism, development, etc.

F – Terrible and you will want to walk out of the movie; no redemptive qualities whatsoever

By Ken WilsonReview: Holy Motors

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