Holy Motors (2012)
Critic Consensus: Mesmerizingly strange and willfully perverse, Holy Motors offers an unforgettable visual feast alongside a spellbinding -- albeit unapologetically challenging -- narrative.
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as M. Oscar/Le Banquier/La Mendiante/L'OS de Motion-Capture/M.
as Kay M.
as Eva Grace/Jean
as Man With Birthmark
as La petite fille
as le rêveur
as L'homme a la tache de vin
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Critic Reviews for Holy Motors
By the time this film's over, you're shaken, intrigued and reminded that art doesn't need to add up to be entrancing.
Audiences who care about character and plot are liable to take the exit to a movie that makes sense.
All this random action, Carax suggests, is for some vast, abstract audience anxious to lose itself in imagined narratives.
This is the kind of it-can-mean-whatever-you-want-it-to-mean art film that I usually run from, but Carax is such a prodigiously gifted mesmerist that, if you give way, you're likely to be enfolded in the film's phantasmagoria.
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.
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.
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