Director: Leos Carax
France / 2012 / 115 min
In French, English, and Chinese with English subtitles
Returning to feature filmmaking after a 13-year hiatus, Carax re-teamed with actor Denis Lavant, who here plays a mystery man, Oscar, chauffeured by driver Céline (the legendary Edith Scob) to assignations throughout Paris in a white stretch limo, at each appointment taking on a different role—a street beggar, a motion-capture suit performer, and the anarchic, carrot-topped Monsieur Merde of Carax’s contribution to the anthology film Tokyo! (2008). Holy Motors is an enrapturing rumination on the nature of performance and movie magic, an inexhaustibly mysterious work that, rich with film historical allusions, points the way to the medium’s future. Film courtesy of Shout! Factory and the American Genre Film Archive.