Directed by Leos Carax and released in it’s native country of France in 2012.
An incredibly powerful yet light-hearted film that centers around a character who lives his life living the lives of others, played magnificently by the ever-challenging Denis Lavant. Even when his character is being sincere, it’s very hard to tell. The film runs back and forth between surrealistic imagery and beautiful fashion statements. That’s not to mention a dream sequence that starts to look and feel like you’ve just taken some magic mushrooms. The motion capture sequence is like nothing I have ever seen in the cinema before. A truly encompassing experience that I would kill to have again.
While the ending was unexpected, humorous, light-hearted and in full spirit of the films title… it was not the way I was hoping it would end. Despite that, this is one of the best films of the year and it’s good to see experimental artsy films with a heart, and made passionately by it’s creator, making a comeback into cinema.
Something I’d also like to note, is the throwback to a previous film of Carax’s Tokyo!. The film was a portmanteau of three short films and Lavant’s character from Carax’s segment makes an appearance in Holy Motors. I can’t remember exactly how much of Tokyo! appears in this but I know that the character is lifted directly from that so there’s sure to be more. A rewatch of that film will definitely come soon.