Holy Motors

Holy Motors

DVD - 2012
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"This surreal dream-like drama follows Monsieur Oscar, a shadowy character who journeys from one appointment to the next and one life to the next. Driven to nine mysterious appointments in a white limousine by his chauffeur Celine, Oscar transforms himself into a series of entirely different identities. He is, in turn, company chairman, family man, beggar, monster, murderer... "--Container.

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davedranginis
Apr 08, 2019

I found this film to be out-of-this-world fantastic. Curious and OK plenty weird in its own way, but my oh my - if you enjoy films, this is one your really need to sink your teeth into. I had forgotten about it until I saw it listed here and now remember how very impressed I was. Don't read another word - don't look at any other reviews - just pick it up and take the ride. You don't want to know what you don't to know. DIve in

LPL_EliH Aug 03, 2018

Holy Motors is that rare piece of work that's so assertive in its uncanny weirdness that it forces the audience into a sense of dreamlike normalcy. Though it lacks a strong overarching plot, each scene is truly spellbinding, and the whole journey evokes so many different feelings. If checking out the DVD is too much of a risk for a movie you might easily hate, dip your toes in the water on Kanopy!

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ClarkHarveyRoth
Jan 23, 2018

By the end I absolutely hated this movie. Hated it!, & I have a pretty high threshold for enjoying incoherent nonsense, image for its own sake, method acting...I've maybe seen a couple art films. This one is alternately barbaric, boring as fawk, self-indulgent, obstinately French, & by the time girlfriend breaks into sophomoric Anglophone song in the abandoned theater with the mannequin parts lying everywhere, I had positively had enough. This movie is filled with moments where you're tooling along through cool-weird, & then suddenly drop like a brick into childishly stupid-weird, or hideous-weird, or WTF-are-you-even-talking-about weird. For the sake of spectacle, the fashion photo shoot in the cemetery was pretty hilarious (quote fingers!?!), but very little else in the film supports that level of innovation, so you're left alone in a room with the characteristically maudlin & pointlessly zany machinations of French cinema. Talking cars? Chimp family? Blech. Freaking atrocious. CR

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uugene
Apr 02, 2016

A wild ride. Whatever might be expected, this is something other!

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Ron@Ottawa
Jul 31, 2015

This non-mainstream film from France is definitely an interesting piece of contemporary French cinema. Outlandish, lunatic, over-the-top, enticing: these are a few of the adjectives that came to my mind after watching this film. Strictly for the arthouse fans. In French with subtitles.

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Jane_Sm
Nov 28, 2014

Rather interesting, but not as interesting as it tries to be or as I would have once thought it to be.

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mahallett
Nov 15, 2014

very strange.

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Janice21383
Oct 22, 2014

A fantasy about a world where actors pass from role to role in real life. As You Like It, "all the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players", you know? And if that's the case, could it be the plan of -- see the title of this film. If you're a fan of the surreal, or randomly chosen scenes, this is the film for you. The lovely Edith Scob gets a callback to her most famous role. I want her wardrobe.

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8217549
Sep 05, 2014

from dawn to dusk, a few hours in the shadowy life of a mystic man named Monsieur Oscar.

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geomillar
Apr 04, 2014

What a romp of a film.
I loved it!

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