First Trailer for HOLY MOTORS is Bananas, Oddly Intriguing

     October 20, 2012


From writer/director Leos Crax (The Lovers on the Bridge) comes Holy Motors, a off-the-rails journey that follows a day in the life of an actor who transforms into nine different characters across multiple genres.  The first trailer for the French film has gone online and you can make of it what you will, but without seeing the whole film, I’m completely lost but enjoying the ride.  Check out Matt Goldberg’s review of the film from Fantastic Fest 2012 to get caught up.

Holy Motors, starring Denis Lavant, Edith Scob, Kylie Minogue and Eva Mendes, is touring the festival circuit.  Hit the jump to watch the new trailer.

Check out the first trailer for Holy Motors below (click over to Apple to view in HD):

Here’s the equally absurd synopsis for Holy Motors :

Over the course of a single day, Monsieur Oscar travels by limousine around Paris to a series of nine “appointments,” transforming into new characters or incarnations at each stop. Fetched in the morning by Celine, his trusty chauffeur on this surreal journey, Oscar begins the day as a captain of industry. Then he becomes a gypsy crone, begging for spare change on a bridge over the Seine. Inside a digital production facility, he’s a ninja warrior transformed by cutting edge technology into a reptilian sex god. Next he’s a gibberish-spewing troglodyte who kidnaps a fashion model from a photo shoot in Pere-Lachaise cemetery, ferrying her to his underground lair in the sewers. Then he’s the melancholy father of a teenage daughter, followed by a shadowy assassin sent to kill his own doppelgaenger, a dying old man, and finally a thwarted lover revisiting a flame from his past atop a decaying Right Bank department store next to the Pont-Neuf. Monster movie, film noir, romantic drama, musical, crime thriller, futuristic sex fantasia… HOLY MOTORS is all of these and, then again, none of these. It is a ravishing, shape-shifting, fever dream of becoming, unraveling and starting all over

again. From celluloid magic to the digital data stream, Monsieur Oscar’s epic journey of the soul is all of our dreams.


  • zillabeast

    Yeah…..French movies……no.

  • junierizzle

    Yeah, I’m not into this kind of stuff.

  • Old Soldier

    If this movie was made in the U.S. it would be regarded as “a mess”, “absolutely makes no sense” or “so-and-so is no Leos Carax”. The fact this comes from France it’s “genius”, “briliant” , “amazing” and “the greatest movie this year!” Or should I say only to hack movie critics like Matt Goldberg.

    • Chris

      I saw this movie twice and it is absolutely fantastic. Wacky, funny, tragic-comedic, clever and even thoughtful. But you have to be open-minded to get it. A bit of a love letter to the profession of an actor and the the idea that we should keep and maintain imagination and playfulness in our life. French veteran and multi talent Denis Lavant is a genius actor and acrobat! If you are bored by the same old stick in movie making and want to be surprised, entertained and moved – GO SEE IT!!!

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