Spun off from the director’s short from the omnibus feature Tokyo!, this twisted, offbeat comedy depicts a day in the life of a mysterious, identity-shifting man named Monsieur Oscar.
After over a decade away, Leos Carax returned in 2012 with this jukebox genre-experiment: a playful and perplexing fantasy buoyed by a tour de force performance from the inimitable Denis Lavant. As a man of many identities, Lavant’s clowning, slapstick physicality is put to exceptionally great use.
Wholly unique cinematic fantasia follows a seemingly anonymous man on a series of 9 "appointments," in which he transforms into vastly different characters, from a panhandling old woman to a finger eating sewer rat to to a dying old man. A bracing and visionary ode to cinema itself, Leos Carax's brilliant HOLY MOTORS is a surrealist triumph infused with mesmerizing dream logic. This is one of a kind.
My new favorite movie? Probably. Labyrinthique, absurd, and always beautiful. A modern masterpiece showing to the audience all the best cinema can offer these days. Welcome back, Leos. And Denis: you are a force of nature when it comes to act. Pour la beauté du geste...
What a fun bit of weirdness! But the end is so lousy, it slightly ruins the film. The ending seemed to have been inspired by Pixar's "Cars". Other than that, I loved it, especially the references to Cocteau, Jean Seberg, and the French B-movie, "Eyes Without a Face".
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If you don't like "weird", then by all means stay away from this film. If you don't mind going out on a limb, you will discover an alternate universe full of mystery and surprises. By no means a masterpiece, it is more like an adventure full of weird, weird, weird weirdness and beauty beauty and more beauty if you know what I mean. Take a chance on this bizarre work.
Intriguing and captivating. Maybe there could be a little more mystery about what is truly happening. But the possibility of explanation that we end up getting does not hurt the metaphorical potentiality of this work. We see fragments of the lives of ordinary people and bits of odd narratives in a sequence held together by the main character. And a sugested paralel on real life is quite interesting.