The plot of this movie defies explanation. It is at once weird and wonderful, mad, bizarre, disgusting and unpredictable. It is designed to shock, and involves the audience with its conceptual boldness and challenging ideas.
The director/writer Loes Carax says it depicts “a world from which visible machines and real life experiences are gradually disappearing.” It perhaps asks the question “are we enslaved to technology?” This is his first film in 13 years.
It competed for the Pale d’Or Prize at the Cannes Festival in 2012 where it was greeted with scattered boos and rapturous applause.
Monsieur Oscar is a man of many disguises which he adopts in the back of a large white stretched limo as he goes from dawn to dusk to his appointments. Celine is his driver and carer in a digitally enhanced Paris.
Celine is played by well-known French actor Edith Scob
The talk of appointments in the limo sound like meetings as 11 different characters are brilliantly acted out by Denis Lavant, who is a long-time collaborator of Carax.
The film is a series of scenes spliced together, full of surreal surprises and black humor. It is beautifully shot with a digital camera.
The inspired supporting cast includes the very beautiful Eva Mendes, Elise Lhomeau, Michel Piccoli and a short- haired Kylie Minogue who plays a suicidal air hostess.
Holy Motors opens at the Luna Leederville on August 23rd, and runs for 115 minutes.
3 stars for enjoyment
5 stars for brave and thought provoking film making!