Leos Carax’s Holy Motors is a weird film and leaves so much to our interpretation that it’s difficult to reach to a logical conclusion.
Holy Motors will probably remain as one of the most challenging and puzzling films to have released in a long time. Leos Carax, who directed the film, almost leaves no hints to decipher the message the film tries to convey and it gets very frustrating.
The film trails Oscar’s (Denis Lavant) life in a day as he travels across Paris in his limousine. We are told that he’s a former actor and everyday, as he travels in the limousine that is equipped with costumes and props, he gets a set of assignments which he must accomplish. The first one requires him to pose as a beggar in a busy street, another one as an actor performing acrobatics and simulated sex on a sound stage and there’s even one where he is a filthy, eccentric man who must kidnap a model (Eva Green) and take her to a cemetery. And there are more such acts…
One way of looking at the film is that Oscar leads parallel lives, something similar to what he used to do while he was acting in films. There no way of explaining some of the events in the film without suspending our belief in reality. The film would have been unbearable, if not for Denis Lavant who captivates our attention. Having said that, it’s tough to understand what could have inspired Leos Carax to come up with such a bizarre film.
Movie: Holy Motors
Cast: Denis Lavant, Édith Scob
Directed by: Leos Carax
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