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Holy Motors [DVD]

Denis Lavant , Edith Scob , Leos Carax    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Denis Lavant, Edith Scob, Eva Mendes, Kylie Minogue
  • Directors: Leos Carax
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: French
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Artificial Eye
  • DVD Release Date: 28 Jan 2013
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B009G2ZIBY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,772 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Surreal? Erratic? Mad? Daring? Those four words are a good start when it comes to describing Leos Carax's Holy Motors. It's only the writer/director's second film in 13 years, following 1999's Pola X, and here he's focusing on a single day in Paris. Moreover, we spend time in the company of Monsieur Oscar, played by regular Carax collaborator Denis Levant. Monsieur Oscar is a chameleon-like figure, who's being chauffeured around the city. And while travelling, he takes on the guise of many others, swiftly changing on board before heading off for his next appointment.

This puts a sizeable responsibility on the shoulders of Denis Levant, as the number of characters he's effectively inhabiting in Holy Motors hits double figures. The different guises, which vary dramatically, also allow Carax to shift the tone of the film a lot. The finished movie is wildly ambitious, as unpredictable as anything to hit the screen in 2012, and often, quite brilliant as well.

The disc features an interview with Leos Carax, as well as a collection of scenes that didn't eventually make the final cut of the movie. It's a decent package, to support a film that demonstrates the ongoing genius of its writer/director. If you've ever complained that films are just a little bit too predictable, then Holy Motors is even more of an unmissable movie. --Jon Foster

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More like this! 16 Oct 2012
By S. Park
We follow a day in the life of Monsieur Oscar being driven around Paris in a white stretch limo by Céline (his driver and secretary), who ferries him around from one 'appointment' to another. To get full enjoyment from this film stop there and watch it. Anything else you read may spoil or confuse and may not be entirely accurate.

For those intrigued to know more... Each one of Oscar's appointments could be played as its own short film. We realise that the limo is full of masks, make-up and costumes for Oscar to change his appearance to fulfil his role at each appointment. Throughout the film he changes his character about ten times to be different people, these include an old beggar woman, a powerful business man, a dying millionaire, a murderer, a kidnapper, a CGI snake, an angry uncle and husband to a chimp family. The film doesn't explain what or why each of these appointments are carried out although the audience is given a few hints to form their own conclusions. However 'why' is really not the point here, accepting that he just does makes the experience much more enjoyable. It's simply amazing to watch our character step into a completely different role and make it convincing. The argument he has with his young niece (if it's actually his young niece) is sheer brilliance, but somewhat disturbing at the same time. The character is convincing but it's not clear what is real and what isn't. This is all down to Denis Lavant as our main character and Leos Carax for some superb direction. In addition we are treated to some short but touching set pieces by Eva Mendes and Kylie.

This is essentially an art-house film, but unlike unlike other such films this is full of comedy, some subtle and some proper laugh-out-loud moments.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An instant cult classic 6 Mar 2013
Holy Motors is definitely one of the strangest, original and best films to come out of France last year. It's an instant cult classic that certainly won't be to everyone's taste as not everyone will appreciate it for the work of art it is.
French actor Denis Lavant excels as a mysterious actor who travels around Paris in a Limo, stopping off along the way to play an array of different characters from an old woman begging, a crazy tramp, an assassin to an old man on his death bed.
For some people the film won't make a great deal of sense as it doesn't have a clear point. To me it is one of those wonderfully strange, off the wall oddysseys about life that will require numerous viewings as it has so much to offer.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Leos Carax returns with a gem. 1 Mar 2013
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Holy motors reviews the relationship between Carax and the superb Denis Lavant. It starts with Carax in a dream sequence and continues throughout the film. Carax puts Lavant through many vignettes. He touches on his wifes suicide. He revisits the character "Merde" first seen in Tokyo. One of Lavants characters is seen twice. Once as the father of a teeneage girl. Then towards the end of the film his "family" become chimpanzees. A stunning film visually and thought provoking on many levels.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top Gear..... 25 Mar 2013
By Phil C
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As long as you don't mind subtitles and do like wildly offbeat films this could be the film for you! It follows the bizarre "appointments" of a businessman (?) as he's chauffered around Paris - part pop surrealism and part existentialist roadtrip, it encourages it's viewer to read their own meanings into it whilst utterly baffling them in the process!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Almost like a David Cronenberg movie 19 Dec 2013
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Its got a Cronenberg feel to it but unfortunately the French just have to give it that boring old existentialist bottom line as usual, even if the movie is so futuristic.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A film that made history in movies. 5 Jun 2013
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I am a big admirer of Leos Carax as a director and of Denis Lavant as an actor, since "Les amant du pont neuf".
This is a surprising masterpiece with Denis Lavant better than ever and an brillant Edith Scob. It's a movie about movies and in the end about we leaving things behind with the evolution of technologie.In the end It's "the beauty of the gesture".
This film is not an easy ou linear film, sometimes it doesn't make sense at all.
It's a special film for special cinema lovers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Emotional and visionary 19 April 2013
A film that is as moving as it is strange, managing to be both emotional and visionary.

Best of all, it make you re-discover your love for cinema and its possibilities.

I watched it a week ago and it has not left my mind since. It is a masterpiece that once seen, you want to share with everyone you know.

I really can't recommend this film highly enough.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Could not recommend 20 Mar 2014
Some indelible images left on the brain, but......found myself ,too often, just wondering what it all meant. Good films should work on many levels. Did not do it for me
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1.0 out of 5 stars Complete and utter drivel
Don't waste your time renting or buying this pretentious rubbish. Each scene is too short for the viewer to have any affinity with the characters of each short play but they are... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Andrew P. Watson
1.0 out of 5 stars Hard work for a mere mortal
Life is too short to watch films like this......very of those films that you have to read about to find out what it was all about...... Read more
Published 4 months ago by douglas joy
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly original
Have never seen any other film by this director or any other film like this one. Without trying to oversimplify it, this is essentially a series of vignettes that seem somewhat... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Chris
5.0 out of 5 stars DVD
Is what it says on the tin
arrived quickly and appropriately packaged.
Was a gift on someone's gift list
they saw the film at the cinema and wanted a copy on DVD
Published 7 months ago by Su
4.0 out of 5 stars Wierd!
Somewhat entertaining but very much in the pretentious bollocks mode. An interesting and thoughtful concept only part delivered, in my opinion.
Published 7 months ago by The Spectator
1.0 out of 5 stars boring and pretentious
I bought this on the strength of rave reviews from critics I normally respect, and have had it near the top of the pile for watching for months. Read more
Published 11 months ago by rufer
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good
I would recommend item was a good purchased that I made at the time many thanks for the order that I received
Published 12 months ago by Trevor Halfyard
3.0 out of 5 stars no more than 3 stars
Maybe it's because I welcome this movie with high expectations, but I was quite let down after watching it. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Elleppi
3.0 out of 5 stars Fascinatingly Freaky!
As I suspected, this is a film that ordinary mere-mortals don't like and don't get, therefore because of that, they label the film as "bad" or "valueless". Read more
Published 15 months ago by PoochJD
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