You wouldn’t expect a cult French film from a director who hasn’t delivered anything on celluloid since 1999 up until now, starring talent not instantly labelled credible (ie: Kylie Minogue, Eva Mendes), to be receiving critical acclaim, but Leos Carax’s Holy Motors is earning a lot of positive response.
The film premiered at Cannes this year to rapturous acclaim, and has been described by the Sydney Film Festival as “a gorgeous blend of sci-fi, song and dance, romance and subversive weirdness”. Which leaves us with little to have to describe ourselves.
Indeed the mixing of genres, currently popularity of musicals, and innate quirkness of this flick, are the three key ingredients that have made it popular across the board.
The narrative follows several hours in the life of Monseur Oscar, a shadowy guy who journeys from life to the next, adopting the role of, in turn, captain of industry, assassin, beggar, monster, family man, and more.
In short, it’s wayward, kaleidoscopic, a true trip. Strongly recommended viewing for those that like their cinema cross-pollinated and twisted.
Holy Motors currently screens nationally.