Holy Motors – dir. Leos Carax, 2012

date: 01/08/2012 time: 18:30 place: PGE Cinema film program: world under canvas film program: the audience poll artistic program: films

FR, DE | 2012 | 115 min
reż|dir Leos Carax prod|pro Albert Prévost  scen|wr Leos Carax zdj|ph Yves Cape, Caroline Champetier mon|ed Nelly Quettier ob|cast Denis Lavant, Edith Scob, Eva Mendes, Kylie Minogue, Michel Piccoli, Leos Carax dys|dis Gutek Film


The most extravagant film of this year’s Cannes. From dawn till dusk, a several hours of Mr Oscar’s life, who travels from one identity to another: he is an industry man, a killer, a beggar, a monster, a family man… The hero circulates Paris appearing in ever new places and spreading sheer commotion. He is a prankster and a trickster meddling with course of events or, quite on the contrary, assuring the events are on the foreseen track.

“Holy motors” explodes before the viewers’ eyes, it has the TNT power within and skilfully teeters on the brink of discipline and complete unpredictability. Carax’s film is also filled with numerous references – beginning from “Fantomas”, a silent series by Feuillad, similarly set in the streets of Paris, through the works of Georgesa Franju, arriving at animated “Cars” by Pixar.   

Leos Carax (1960)
A French director and screenwriter. At the age of 22 he made a very strong, emotional film Boy meets girl.  It was screened in 1984 at Cannes Festival where it sparked severe criticism. However, the scandal blazed the trail in business for Carax and two years later he was able to shoot an incredibly visual picture ”Bad Blood”.  Both films focused on the issue of love being frequently paired with alienation. The same pertains to “The Lovers on the bridge” (1991). Next to Beneix and Besson, Leos Carax has been assigned to neo-baroque of French cinema. His works are also inspired by new wave cinema.