Denis Lavant, Édith Scob
November 23, 2012 (Philly)
1 hour 56 minutes
Let me just start by saying that if you don't enjoy movies that will leave you as confused as you were watching the trailer, then 'Holy Motors' is probably not for you. This is a movie that premiered at the Cannes Film Festival this year where it took France by storm. After seeing the movie itself, I have the same question that everyone who has seen the film asked upon their first viewing: "What the hell did I just watch?" This is a movie where it's very hard to understand on the first viewing, so multiple viewings are required. I've seen this movie twice already, and I'm still wondering about certain things in the movie. It's hard to explain why the film is like that, since the plot of the film is easy to explain: a man with no past goes around France in a white limo every day dressing up in different costumes for "appointments" he has every day. This is a movie that starts out pretty straight forward, but then dives into different levels that toy with your mind and then leaves you out of the toy box for the night.
The film presents a powerful and spectacular performance by Denis Lavant, and some great work from actors Édith Scob, Kylie Minogue, and Eva Mendes. The visual style of this movie and the costumes are incredible, and the direction by French director Leos Carax is great. The thing that prevents me from giving this a perfect score is just that it toys around with your mind so much that you have no idea what to think of it upon the first viewing. I look forward to seeing this movie for a third time, since it is funny, dazzling, and strange all at the same time. There is a good amount of violence, sex, and male nudity in this movie, but that is only one tiny part of the weirdness of this movie. 'Holy Motors' will and should develop a strong fanbase in the future. If this gem is available to see in your area, it's definitely something worth a lot of your time. This movie will mess with your head, but it's good kind of messing around, since it will leave you wanting to watch it again. And again. And again.