Holy Motors (2012)

Director: Leos Carax Run Time: 115 min. Rating: NR Release Year: 2012

Starring: Denis Lavant, Edith Scob, Élise Lhomeau, Eva Mendes, Kylie Minogue

Country: France, Germany, Belgium
Language: French, English, Chinese


Presented as part of Mammoth Mondays, a new extension of Cult 101. Courtesy of Shout! Factory and the American Genre Film Archive.


About the film:

Essential 21st-century viewing, join Mr. Oscar as he is chauffeured around Paris in a massive stretch limousine. Mr. Oscar dons several costumes and embarks on a chameleonic mission to inhabit a variety of semi-scripted public roles as an actor: a bag lady, an assassin, a sewer-dwelling freakazoid, a heated lover and much more in this fantasy drama from renowned French filmmaker Leos Carax.

“Nothing makes ‘sense’ in this crazy-beautiful reverie about movies, love and the love of movies…[a]nd yet everything is exactly as it should be.”

Entertainment Weekly

About the filmmaker:

Called the “enfant terrible” of French cinema, poetic and visionary filmmaker Leos Carax crafts deeply personal stories with tortured depictions of love. He has directed just six features in nearly 40 years, bursting onto the arthouse scene with his debut feature Boy Meets Girl (1984) and then following up with Bad Blood (1986), the ambitious Lovers on the Bridge (1991), the controversial Pola X (1999), and the highly acclaimed Holy Motors (2012), which topped “Best of the Year” lists from critics and audiences alike. Annette (2021), Carax’s first film in English, was selected to open the 74th Cannes Film Festival. 

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