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Holy Motors (2012)



Critic Consensus: Mesmerizingly strange and willfully perverse, Holy Motors offers an unforgettable visual feast alongside a spellbinding -- albeit unapologetically challenging -- narrative.

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From dawn to dusk, a few hours in the life of Monsieur Oscar, a shadowy character who journeys from one life to the next. He is, in turn, captain of industry, assassin, beggar, monster, family man... He seems to be playing roles, plunging headlong into each part - but where are the cameras? Monsieur Oscar is alone, accompanied only by Céline, the slender blonde woman behind the wheel of the vast engine that transports him through and around Paris. He's like a conscientious assassin moving from hit to hit. In pursuit of the beautiful gesture, the mysterious driving force, the women and the ghosts of past lives. But where is his true home, his family, his rest? -- (C) Official Site

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Denis Lavant
as M. Oscar/Le Banquier/La Mendiante/L'OS de Motion-Capture/M.
Eva Mendes
as Kay M.
Kylie Minogue
as Eva Grace/Jean
Leos Carax
as le rêveur
Edith Scob
as Celine
Michel Piccoli
as Man With Birthmark
Elise Lhomeau
as Léa/Elise
Nastya Golubeva Carax
as La petite fille
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Critic Reviews for Holy Motors

All Critics (196) | Top Critics (66)

You'll either run with it or you won't, but you can be sure you've never seen anything quite like it.

April 29, 2020 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The film makes up for... lapses with dazzling moments.

April 29, 2020 | Full Review…

Cinema is full, life is empty. Cinema is easy, life is mysterious. Perhaps that's Carax's message. Whatever it is, he has our attention.

April 28, 2020 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

As wild and wayward as Carax's vision might appear... it touches recognisable human experience at enough points to sustain an emotional connection.

April 28, 2020

These images and sounds that reveal the mind in matter and the soul in bodies suggest Carax's ultimate definition of the cinema, and it's one of the best and grandest that a movie has ever offered.

April 28, 2020 | Full Review…

Surreal and often disturbing and sometimes poignant and always mesmerizing. Mission accomplished.

April 28, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Holy Motors


An incredibly absorbing and thought-provoking film that takes us in a mind-boggling journey with a character that drifts from one role to the next in many puzzling rendezvous and identities - a narrative experiment that proves to be fascinating and surprisingly moving.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

This film is very weird, and I am with the majority in thinking this. The film follows a man as he runs around town in a limousine with his faithful driver, put into different scenes that make no sense when put together, and then goes home. The first scene includes a motion capture simulated sex scene, followed by a blind hooligan kidnapping a model, and an accordion march through a church. There's many more scenes like this, and no, it doesn't make sense altogether. Even the ending doesn't make any sense, and it's the main resolution. The main thing to think about when watching this film is the beauty, the eccentricities in every scene, the amazing music, mood, cinematography. It's just an amazing feat of filmmaking and that is something I am with the majority as well. It's a bit slow and quiet at times, but it's something worth sticking with. Besides that, the performance Denis Lavant is spectacular, queer, awesome, and intriguing, all at once.

Spencer S.
Spencer S.

Super Reviewer


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