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Holy Motors (2012)

Holy Motors




Release Date

October 17, 2012 (Limited)


115 min.


Indomina Group

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REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Excellent entertaining! It's a masterpiece.    Readers  5 of 5 [Rate It]

Cast and Crew


Leos Carax


Martine Marignac, Albert Prevost, Maurice Tinchant


Leos Carax


  • Denis Lavant
  • Edith Scob
  • Kylie Minogue as Eva Grace / Jean
  • Eva Mendes as Kay M.
  • Elise Lhomeau
  • Michel Piccoli
  • Jeanne Disson
  • Jean-Francois Balmer
  • Karl Hoffmeister


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 Celine, 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 Pere-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 doppelgaenger, 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 Oscar's epic journey of the soul is all of our dreams.

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“..narratively unhinged, beautifully shot and frequently hilarious..”
by Rob Nelson [Variety]
“..a deliciously preposterous piece of filmmaking that appraises life and death and everything in between, reflected in a funhouse mirror..”
by Megan Lehmann [Hollywood Reporter]
“..weird and wonderful, rich and strange - barking mad, in fact. It is wayward, kaleidoscopic, black comic and bizarre; there is in it a batsqueak of genius, dishevelment and derangement; it is captivating and compelling..”
by Peter Bradshaw [The Guardian]