By Liz Lopez
One of the films that screened at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival and arrived at Fantastic Fest 2012 as a critical sensation is Holy Motors, where it then garnered plenty of praise for French auteur Léos Carax (The Lovers On The Bridge, Mauvais Sang, Pola X). For film fans who enjoy not being told a story directly in a 1, 2, 3 style or “cookie-cutter” and “by the book,” this is a film to watch. Now coming to one conclusion after one viewing is another thing. This is not a film I will attempt to interpret for anyone. During the film and as I walked out of the theater, I thought about so many things related to the film, questioned some, but most are still unresolved- and that is fine with me. I find it more important to me that Holy Motors is so creative, thought provoking and I was entertained, at times mesmerized as Monsieur Oscar (Denis Lavant) travels by limousine around Paris.
Certainly, this style of film will not be embraced by everyone, but I would think artists from all backgrounds might enjoy this for the make-up, costumes, music, sets, production and more that many of us are involved in different ways, in cities that support the arts, and those who are fearless in cities or towns that are still coming around to understand what art is.
Holy Motors stars Denis Lavant, Edith Scob, Kylie Minogue and Eva Mendes among many other cast members that make up the extensive and elaborate sets for each one of Monsieur Oscar’s series of nine “appointments” over the course of a single day. When he is fetched in the morning by Céline, his trusty chauffeur, he is in a suit and soon after, transforms into new characters or incarnations at each stop – a gypsy crone, begging for spare change on a bridge over the Seine – to many others that should just be seen in the theater and not explained in text, as words are not sufficient for these images.
If ever there is a film that someone wants to view to take them out of their comfort zone of predictability, or to be inspired by its creativity, Holy Motors will certainly do it. Holy Motors opens in Austin on Friday, December 7 at Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar.