Film Reviews, Short Review

Holy Motors (2012)


Oscillating between pure, unadulterated visual cinema and a high-falutin’ intellectual treatise on the nature of performance and cinema itself, Holy Motors is very probably director Leos Carax’s best work thus far. Denis Lavant, his regular collaborator (and arguably as much of an auteur on Carax’s work as the director himself), plays a…businessman(?) who travels from appointment to appointment in a limousine acting out various scenarios, all of them seemingly unrelated. Lavant is his usual batshit insane and brilliant self. There are moments of mad visual genius—the musical intermission, the mo-cap sequence, monkey family, Kylie Minogue singing—and some scenes that sag and lag, but damn. When Holy Motors runs smoothly, it is a glorious work of pure cinema


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