Two Clips from Leos Carax’s Wonderful, Bizarre, and Wonderfully Bizarre HOLY MOTORS

     October 22, 2012


Two new clips from Leos Carax‘s Holy Motors have been released.  The film took me completely by surprise when I caught it at Fantastic Fest, and it’s one of my favorite movies this year.  It’s difficult to explain, but one of these clips is probably the most important scene when it comes to understanding the central character’s motivations and the premise of the film, although the intricacies and delightful details spread throughout the picture.  As for the other clip, it’s a brief moment of Kylie Minogue‘s character breaking out into song, but it’s only a small part of a larger, more emotional scene.

Hit the jump to check out the clips.  The film stars Denis Lavant, Edith Scob, and Eva MendesHoly Motors is currently playing in New York City, and will continue to expand over the weeks ahead.

Here’s the official 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 Céline, 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, heʼs a ninja warrior transformed by cutting edge technology into a reptilian sex god.  Next heʼs a gibberish-spewing troglodyte who kidnaps a fashion model from a photo shoot in Père-Lachaise cemetery, ferrying her to his underground lair in the sewers.  Then heʼs the melancholy father of a teenage daughter, followed by a shadowy assassin sent to kill his own doppelgänger, 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 Oscarʼs epic journey of the soul is all of our dreams.


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