Keswick Film Club - Holy Motors

Sunday 20th January 5:00 PM

Holy Motors 

Director: Leos Carax Country: France/Germany
Cert: 15 Year: 2012 Length: 115 mins Language: French
Holy Motors

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Audience Reaction

Score: 48.83% Attendance: 93




This film has had so much hype we felt we just "had to have it, darling!" It starts with a man (Carax) waking up in bed and going through a hidden door into... a movie theatre. Is the film, then,
his dream, or an homage to all films?

We follow the hero/star, Oscar (played, as always in Carax movies by Denis Lavant) as he is driven around Paris in an enormous limousine by his chauffeur CĂ©line (Edith Scob), taking him to various assignments (or film parts?). He is continually changing roles (he has a makeup table in the car), from a concerned father to a beggarwoman, an old man on his deathbed, to an anarchic beast who kidnaps Eva Mendes from a glamour shoot in a cemetery.

Leos Carax, the director, has only made 5 full films (including 'Les amants du Pont-neuf' and 'Pola X'), but has always been an enigma: 'Leos Carax...has met the challenge of filming the visions dancing and dueling inside his own internally exploding head. Love him or hate him, Carax does Carax brilliantly' - Peter Travers, Rolling Stone. Here he takes his favourite star (Lavant) and gives him two hours to show his worth; surely Oscar must put him in line for an Oscar?


open_quote It's the coolest and strangest movie of the year, and once it gets its druglike hooks in your brain, you'll never get them out again. close_quote Andrew O'hehir,

open_quote Holy Motors, fueled by pure feeling, is a dream of a movie you want to get lost in. close_quote Peter Travers, Rolling Stone



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