“Holy Motors,” a French fantasy drama written and directed by Leos Carax, is a surreal film about a day in the life of a man whose job appears to be to use make-up, elaborate costumes and various props to carry out a wide variety of complex and unusual scenarios.
After being picked up in a white stretch limo by his friend and chauffer Celine (Edith Scob), Monsieur Oscar (Denis Lavant) spends the day traveling through the streets of Paris on a mysterious odyssey to a series of nine “appointments.” Although Monsieur Oscar initially appears to be a high-powered business man, each time he gets out of the limousine he has transformed into a different character. On his first stop, for example, Monsieur Oscar emerges as an elderly bag lady; as such, he stands on a bridge begging for spare change. On other appointments Oscar is a demented troll, a frustrated father, a professional assassin…and the list goes on. From kidnapping a fashion model from a photo shoot in a cemetery to having simulated sex with an actress on a soundstage while an off-camera director calls the shots, Oscar has a rather full day!
“Holy Motors” has been described as a “ravishing, shape-shifting, fever dream of becoming, unraveling and starting all over again.” Movie-goers will be able to judge for themselves, as the film’s October 17, 2012 limited New York release (by Indomina Releasing) is scheduled to expand on November 9. “Holy Motors,” which was filmed in French, is being shown in the U.S. with English subtitles. Also starring Eva Mendes and Kylie Minogue.