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5,476 Ratings

Holy Motors

Directed by Léos Carax
France, Germany, 2012
Drama

Synopsis

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?

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Holy Motors Directed by Léos Carax

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

2012 | Winner: Award of the Youth

Village Voice Film Poll

2012 | 2 runner-up prizes including: Best Actor

2012 | 3rd place: Best Director

2012 | Nominee: Best Supporting Actress

Indiewire Critics' Poll

2012 | 2 wins including: Best Film

2012 | 3rd place: Best Director

Formally, the film is an excuse for Carax to try as many styles as he can—slapstick comedy, rock musical, monster movie—and reference a century’s worth of cinephilia. And Lavant is the vehicle for his director’s versatility, trying on a variety of (dis)guises . . . and proving himself in the process to be one of the wildest and most inventive physical comedians of all time.
June 06, 2018
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In Holy Motors, Lavant, who was 23 at the time of Boy Meets Girl, is the mirror image of the filmmaker’s own youth, turned into a spectacle and an object of (cinematic) desire – so cinephilic references are part of the game: we are the sum of the films we have beloved.
March 17, 2013
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To say that HOLY MOTORS is Leos Carax’s valentine to film and filmmaking would be appropriate both for the recent holiday and the film that is itself rife with overused clichés. That word is surprisingly apt for Carax’s film, though only in the most literal sense: he addresses the overwrought concepts of filmgoing and filmmaking, but in a uniquely lyrical way that is respective to the madhouse stylings of the wunderkind-film-critic-turned-filmmaker.
February 15, 2013
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