Trailer for Cannes’ most talked about film, ‘Holy Motors’

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Holy MotorsWritten by Leos Carax

Directed by Leos Carax

France, 2012

I don’t normally use the word befuddled, but…

Aren’t weird French films a kind of stereotype? Honestly, I cannot figure out what is happening here; some motion capture suited guys dance around, Eva Mendes models, a sickly Denis Lavant changes his appearance and Kylie Minogue sings. Thoughts of Inland Empire and Crash come to mind – could this be a foreign hybrid? If so, I’ll give it a shot.

 

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Here’s the synopsis from Cannes:

From dawn to dusk, a few hours in the life of Monsieur Oscar, a shadowy character who journeys from one life to the next. He is, in turn, captain of industry, assassin, beggar, monster, family man… He seems to be playing roles, plunging headlong into each part – but where are the cameras? Monsieur Oscar is alone, accompanied only by Céline, the slender blonde woman behind the wheel of the vast engine that transports him through and around Paris. He’s like a conscientious assassin moving from hit to hit. In pursuit of the beautiful gesture, the mysterious driving force, the women and the ghosts of past lives. But where is his true home, his family, his rest?

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