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Holy Motors [DVD] [Canadian]
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This freewheeling surrealist outing from France attempts to dispense almost completely with conventional narrative structure; instead, it offers a series of absurdist sketches with scarcely any discernible connection between them. The film opens on a character played by director Leos Carax known only as "Le Dormeur." After waking up one morning, he somehow locates and opens a secret door in his apartment, and wanders into a packed movie house where an audience watches King Vidor's classic THE CROWD and a giant dog wanders up and down the aisles. Meanwhile, Oscar (Denis Lavant) rides to work in a white limousine driven by his close friend and associate Cline (Edith Scob); Oscar's job, it seems, involves using makeup, elaborate costumes, and props to carry out a number of complex and unusual scenarios. Of these, one has the actor performing an action sequence and simulated sex with an actress on a soundstage while he's filmed by an off-camera director. The second sequence puts him in a sewer with Monsieur Merde, a character who first appeared in Carax's segment in the omnibus picture TOKYO!; here, Merde falls in love with a beautiful model (Eva Mendes) who accompanies him on a jaunt through a cemetery. Subsequent episodes cast Oscar in a deathbed melodrama, a gangster film, a musical alongside pop star Kylie Minogue, and much more. At one point in the picture, Carax implies that Oscar may be acting these scenes out for hidden cameras, which are webcasting the episodes for Internet surfers. An intriguing footnote: Movie buffs may experience some dj vu while watching Scob in this film, as she's deliberately used to invoke her characterization from Georges Franju's 1960 horror classic EYES WITHOUT A FACE, and at one point, even wears a facial mask similar to the one she donned in that picture. HOLY MOTORS marked Carax's first feature since the 1999 POLA X.
Denis Lavant, Edith Scob, Kylie Minogue, Eva Mendes, Elise Lhomeau, Jacques Piccoli, Michel Piccoli, Jeanne Disson, Leos Carax, Nastya, Golubeva Carax
"Exhilarating, opaque, heartbreaking and completely bonkers....A deliciously preposterous piece of filmmaking that appraises life and death and everything in between, reflected in a funhouse mirror."
4 stars out of 5 -- "Carax's playful blend of David Lynch and Lewis Carroll truly has to be seen to be believed. Indulgent, inventive, barmy and brave..."
"[T]his is an innovative film with the power to amaze."
Sight and Sound
"[A] dream of the movies that looks like a movie of dreams....Its an episodic work of great visual invention -- from scene to scene, you never see whats coming..."
New York Times
3.5 stars out of 5 -- "HOLY MOTORS, fueled by pure feeling, is a dream of a movie you want to get lost in. It's a thing of beauty."
3.5 stars out of 4 -- "Here is a film that is exasperating, frustrating, anarchic and in a constant state of renewal. It's not tame."
"In HOLY MOTORS Carax insists on our other selves. His daylong ride is a wary celebration, a joyful dirge that's served up in concentrated form by a roving band of accordion players."
Los Angeles Times
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