The Something Something Film Review

Some films have that special something, and some films seem like they stepped in something. Allow me to help you know the difference, and maybe find you something good to watch.

Holy Motors (2012)

holy-motors31HOLY MOTORS – unrated / one hour and 55 minutes / written and directed by Leos Carax / actors: Denis Lavant, Edith Scob, Eva Mendes, Kylie Minogue

The premise: A man (Lavant) is driven around Paris in a white stretch-limousine, completing mysterious “assignments” that require him to radically and repeatedly transform his appearance and behavior.

This is a mad, manic, mess of a film. And I love it.

It gives you no answers, and neither will I. Not that I have any answers, mind you, but I will spare you my frantic stabs at the ‘meaning of it all’. There are so many surprising changes in this film, it is best if you go into it with as few clues as possible. So I will be brief. And if possible, alliterative.

Holy-Motors-photo-13HOLY MOTORS is creative, chaotic, and compellingly cryptic. It is beautifully photographed, each shot really is a work of art in itself. It reminds me of David Lynch’s work, but mixed with the whimsy of Michel Gondry’s and the courage of Harmony Korine’s.

Denis Lavant throws himself into each successive role, and is exhaustingly impressive in his whole-hearted commitment to all of them. Best. Actor. Ever. Hyperbole? Perhaps, but not by much.

HOLY MOTORS is willfully weird and wonderfully one-of-a-kind. After watching it, I walked out of the theater filled with giddy, nervous excitement, and more than a touch of confusion. I had so many questions about specifics, but no doubt at all that this was absolutely one of the finest films of the year.

holy-motors04Absurd and existential, darkly-comic and still delicately endearing. There are images and moments from this film that will stay with me for a long time. This is what film should be. This is what film CAN be.

Quickly, watch it before someone unwittingly tells you all the delicious details that I am so judiciously keeping from you. Track it down and watch the bejeebus out of it. Yes, okay, it’s in French, so there are subtitles, but watch it anyways.

It’s well worth it.

One comment on “Holy Motors (2012)

  1. Pingback: Some Absurd Films (Part 1) | The Something Something Film Review

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