Leos Carax’s ‘Holy Motors’ Gets A Domestic Trailer, Early Praise [Video]
Holy Motors, Leos Carax’s first feature film in over a decade, has been an early favorite in the festival circuit, and has earned considerable critical buzz. The bizarre art house film recently saw release in New York City ahead of a wider limited release in November. The second trailer, for US audiences, debuted online and can be viewed below.
Starring Denis Lavant, Edith Scob, Eva Mendes and Kylie Minogue, Holy Motors is centered on a man played by Lavant who travels in a limo from place to place, inhabiting different characters along the way. The film’s plot and characters played by Lavant have little-to-no connective tissue, and according to SlashFilm, “each role is radically different, some are all together disturbing, and in the end you’ll be scratching your head about what it all means more than you did at The Master.”
Holy Motors is now playing in New York City, and will see a slightly wider release on November 9. Here’s the official synopsis, via ComingSoon:
“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, 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 Père-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 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.”
Sound weird, right? You have no idea. Check out the trailer for Holy Motors below and let us know what you think!