Holy Motors Reviews
What else can I do if not to very honestly admit that my understanding of Holy Motors is likely closely related to the understanding a dog has of our televised content, as the basic connections between scenes and the "actor" thematic make it clear that an idea exists that quickly sprouts into what I can only assume are metaphors, and god knows what plot-unrelated talking cars and leprechauns have to convey.
One, the goal is communicate the themes of the story not simply to entertain. This is something we see a lot in the films of artists like Luis Bu├┬▒uel and David Lynch, but never in the mainstream movies that sell like hotcakes. This movie's goal is to communicate messages about society's ideas about beauty, work, family, and how complex people can be.
Two, the authenticity of the actors. I don't make surrealist films for this reason: I can never think of any actors that could do it right. The actors in surrealist cinema have to be able to come into multilayered characters without being afraid of the darkness and the strangeness that lies within themselves. This is something that Leos Carax does magnificently with his casting of the incredibly brilliant Denis Lavant. Who delivered the greatest performance of the last decade.
Three, the visuals. Surrealism relies heavily on the visual storytelling. This film, because it's in French, didn't really have a screenplay that latched onto me that well, but that's okay because the story is told mostly through the visuals.
And four, the directing. There's no filmmaker more complex, both spiritually and technically, than a surrealist filmmaker. Leos Carax is a filmmaker who believes in cinema in the purest way. He uses cinema as an art to teach about the complexity of humanity, and about the depth of the mind. Whereas most filmmakers, and I'm not saying this is a bad thing because I do this, but most filmmakers use it as a medium to tell a good story. Carax is a complex man with complex ideas, and tons of talent.
Overall, this is an incredibly underrated work of art, and possibly one of the most deep and probing films I've ever seen! Its unquestionable, this movie is a masterpiece!