Pin It
Favorite

Let’s Get Weird 

I have no idea what Holy Motors is about, but I really liked it

click to enlarge Don\'t worry, it\'s not supposed to make sense.
  • Don\'t worry, it\'s not supposed to make sense.

If you’re one of those people who needs to understand their entertainment, you should probably go see Red Dawn. Or stay home and watch the Discovery Channel.

But, if you’re someone who likes a little freaky-deaky-avant-garde French film, consider Holy Motors.

Disclaimer: You probably won’t understand it. I didn’t.

What’s to understand? If you’ve ever wanted to watch a man with luminescent dots on his jumpsuit run on a treadmill in the dark while firing an automatic weapon, you’re one lucky duck. The jumpsuited man in question is Oscar (played by Denis Lavant), playing one of many roles he’ll portray: a beggar, a killer, a monster, a family man, an important businessman. Written and directed by Leos Carax (Boy Meets Girl), the film features Oscar using the limo as a dressing room, a dining table and his vantage point on the world before he ventures out to play his weird performances.

Each role is delivered to Oscar in a black binder that he studies before consulting the wardrobe, props and makeup he carries in the limo. At one point he resembles a scraggly, deranged leprechaun that bites the fingers off a photo assistant before kidnapping a comatose model (Eva Mendes). In another, a shirtless assassin wearing a Pussy Riot-style face covering. For an intermission, there’s a flash mob accordion breakdown.

In the less surreal segments, Oscar plays a father driving around Paris in a subcompact car talking with a daughter. In a more conventional guise, he meets a woman played by Australian songstress Kylie Minogue. Their white limos pulled up next to each other, they sneak off and spend a few quiet moments ruminating around a decaying building.

Oscar plays his roles with a weary normality. He performs this seemingly pointless, but apparently essentially, job day after day. In one tired moment he asks his chauffeur (Edith Scob) whether there would be any forest scenes today. He demonstrates the point that anything repeated often enough loses its luster to the vagaries of boredom. Maybe Holy Motors isn’t so outlandish after all. 

Tags:

  • Pin It

Latest in Film

  • Closing the Book
  • Closing the Book

    Peter Jackson bids farewell to his hobbits with one last, great movie
    • Dec 17, 2014
  • The One Who Knocks
  • The One Who Knocks

    Why an Australian indie called The Babadook became one of 2014's creepiest films
    • Dec 17, 2014
  • Let My People Go Big
  • Let My People Go Big

    Exodus: Gods and Kings fails when it tries to humanize its spectacle
    • Dec 10, 2014
  • More »

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Today | Tue | Wed | Thu | Fri | Sat | Sun
1914 Christmas Truce Carillon Concert

1914 Christmas Truce Carillon Concert @ St. John's Cathedral

Wed., Dec. 24

All of today's events | Staff Picks

or

More by Joe O'Sullivan

  • R.I.P. Spokane
  • R.I.P. Spokane

    Exploring the Spokane of South Dakota — left for dead long ago
    • Jun 11, 2013
  • Beating On
  • Beating On

    Ska and new wave legends the English Beat land in Spokane
    • Mar 26, 2013
  • Green Water
  • Green Water

    Will Congress say yes to more hydropower?
    • Feb 27, 2013
  • More »

Most Commented On

  • Fresh Spin

    A local record shop is reincarnated under a new owner, giving this generation a taste of vinyl
    • Nov 25, 2014
  • More »

Top Tags in
Music & Film

Film


Review


© 2014 Inlander
Website powered by Foundation