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Still: Holy Motors, Dir. Leos Carax, France/Germany 2012

Holy Motors

5 Oct 20121 Nov 2012

Erstwhile enfant terrible of French cinema Leos Carax’s (The Night is Young, Pola X) first feature after a 13-year hiatus is a tour de force that disconcertingly melds reality, fantasy and voyeurism. Oscar - veteran French actor/clown Denis Lavant - is chauffeured around Paris by ice-cool Céline - the venerable Edith Scob - in her stretch limo-cum-theatrical dressing room. In a series of jaw-dropping set pieces, he emerges from the limo in various guises – as an ancient beggar crone, an assassin, a balletic cyber-man, and many more.

Oscar’s motives and true persona are tantalisingly ambiguous thanks to Lavant’s mesmerising performance, and there are impressively against-type turns from Kylie Minogue and Eva Mendes. Carax playfully references his celluloid forebears, and Scob’s last scene reprises her role in Franju’s Eyes Without a Face. If you like David Lynch, Luis Buñuel, Charlie Kaufman or David Fincher’s The Game, you’ll be delightfully dazed by Holy Motors.

Dir. Leos Carax, France/Germany 2012, 116 mins, French with English subtitles, Cert 18.
Cast: Denis Lavant, Edith Scob, Kylie Minogue, Eva Mendes.

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