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Holy Motors (2012)



Critic Consensus: Mesmerizingly strange and willfully perverse, Holy Motors offers an unforgettable visual feast alongside a spellbinding -- albeit unapologetically challenging -- narrative.

Movie Info

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? -- (C) Official Sitemore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Special Interest
Directed By:
Written By: Leos Carax
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 26, 2013
Box Office: $0.6M
Indomina Releasing - Official Site


Denis Lavant
as M. Oscar/Le Banquier...
Edith Scob
as Celine
Eva Mendes
as Kay M.
Kylie Minogue
as Eva Grace/Jean
Michel Piccoli
as Man With Birthmark
Elise Lhomeau
as Léa/Elise
Nastya Golubeva Cara...
as La petite fille
Leos Carax
as le rêveur
Cordelia Piccoli
as L'homme a la tache d...
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News & Interviews for Holy Motors

Critic Reviews for Holy Motors

All Critics (139) | Top Critics (34)

It is never dull.

Full Review… | June 17, 2013
The New Republic
Top Critic

By the time this film's over, you're shaken, intrigued and reminded that art doesn't need to add up to be entrancing.

Full Review… | January 24, 2013
Detroit News
Top Critic

Holy Motors is some kind of wonderful.

Full Review… | December 21, 2012
Top Critic

Jean-Luc Godard's Weekend for the digital era. Both exuberant and melancholy, it's a film about an allegedly dying art form that is thrillingly alive. Cinema is dead. Long live cinema.

Full Review… | May 3, 2015
Philadelphia Weekly

Holy Motors is visionary, absurd, melancholy, ecstatic, confounding, and ultimately transcendent. If 2012 spawns a better film I will eat a bouquet of flowers.

Full Review… | November 25, 2013

It is gratifying to discover that mankind is still capable of finding new ways of being weird.

Full Review… | July 21, 2013

Audience Reviews for Holy Motors


An incredibly absorbing and thought-provoking film that takes us in a mind-boggling journey with a character that drifts from one role to the next in many puzzling rendezvous and identities - a narrative experiment that proves to be fascinating and surprisingly moving.

Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

This film is very weird, and I am with the majority in thinking this. The film follows a man as he runs around town in a limousine with his faithful driver, put into different scenes that make no sense when put together, and then goes home. The first scene includes a motion capture simulated sex scene, followed by a blind hooligan kidnapping a model, and an accordion march through a church. There's many more scenes like this, and no, it doesn't make sense altogether. Even the ending doesn't make any sense, and it's the main resolution. The main thing to think about when watching this film is the beauty, the eccentricities in every scene, the amazing music, mood, cinematography. It's just an amazing feat of filmmaking and that is something I am with the majority as well. It's a bit slow and quiet at times, but it's something worth sticking with. Besides that, the performance Denis Lavant is spectacular, queer, awesome, and intriguing, all at once.

Spencer S.

Super Reviewer


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