From dawn to dusk, the mysterious Monsieur Oscar (Denis Lavant) is driven around Paris in a stretch limo by a female chauffeur (Edith Scob), adopting a number of personas and engaging in a series of increasingly surreal scenarios…
Ever had one of those crazy dreams where you try to create a narrative out of the many images that came to you while sleeping? Well, that’s the effect that Leos Carax’s Holy Motors will have on you. This madcap odyssey will either have you scratching your head in utter disbelief, or praising it for being so ‘out there’. If you’re a fan of the surreal worlds of Luis Buñuel and David Lynch, and the comic manners of Charlie Chaplin, then this will be arthouse cinema nirvana for you. If you are not, then you’ll probably switch off before the opening scene has morphed into the first of Oscar’s very strange appointments.
Kudos goes to Eva Mendes and Kylie Minogue for their brief, but memorable, cameos – Mendes is a mute model who gets her hair eaten, while Minogue is a singing air hostess contemplating suicide. If you do last the distance, you’ll have to make your own mind up as to what it exactly all means. Totally barking – but I’m all for watching it again.
DID YOU KNOW
Edith Scob, who plays the elegant chauffeur Céline, is best known for her performance as the disfigured daughter of Pierre Brasseur’s obsessed doctor in Georges Franju’s 1960 horror classic Eyes Without a Face (aka Les yeux sans visage).
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