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Perennial French bad boy auteur Leos Carax (THE LOVERS ON THE BRIDGE, MAUVAIS SANG, POLA X) re-imagines the City of Light as the backdrop for nearly a dozen surreal adventures starring the filmmaker’s longtime collaborator Denis Lavant as a 21st century man of a thousand faces. Travelling in a white stretch limo, with his elegant, imperturbable female chauffeur (Edith Scob), he effortlessly transforms from Oscar, a conventional businessman, to a motion-capture acrobat, the leader of a boisterous accordion marching band, a sewer-dwelling leprechaun (who kidnaps a supermodel, played by Eva Mendes), an assassin, a bag lady, a forlorn lover (of Kylie Minogue) and… Michel Piccoli has a cameo as Oscar’s mysterious boss.
“Exhilarating, opaque, heartbreaking and completely bonkers… a deliciously preposterous piece of filmmaking that appraises life and death and everything in between, reflected in a funhouse mirror.” – Megan Lehmann, The Hollywood Reporter.
“Presented as a movie within a dream. A quixotic homage to Paris and the cinema of those directors who found in the city and its movie screens a passage to the unconscious. A thrilling dancer and acrobat, Lavant is also expert at involving us in a heartfelt exchange, for example, between a troubled teen and her father, until with a single gesture he turns the game inside out… HOLY MOTORS is lively and entertaining.” – Amy Taubin, Film Comment