A film by Leos Carax
Starring Denis Lavant
After an almost 13-year hiatus, Leos Carax, director of the cult classic Pola X, is back and in rare form. Sci-fi, avant garde film, performance art or simply a mad journey into the darkness of the virtual world?
Holy Motors is a hypnotic and unforgettable look into the life of one Monsieur Oscar (Denis Lavant) who, over the course of a 24-hour period, transforms himself from a captain of industry to an old woman to a leprechaun lulled to sleep in the arms of a supermodel (Eva Mendes).
These are just a few of the eleven personas he adopts while being chauffeured around the city by his dedicated driver Celine (Edith Scob) and all at the direction of an unnamed “agency”. Monsieur Oscar moves through the night seeking peace ever wary and always changing. Strange and surreal, Holy Motors, defies explanation and invites us to sit back and enjoy an inexplicable, weird, wonderful night of surprises, questions and breathtaking imagery.
Typically confounding but on every level that matters a work of unfettered—and liberating—imagination.
—David Edelstein, New York Magazine
I am refreshed by it, my faith in the unique power of film completely restored. I feel like I’ve just had my first drink of water after a drought, or my first bite of food after a fast.
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- Running Time
- 115 mins