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3.0 out of 5 stars Fascinatingly Freaky!, 26 Mar. 2013
This review is from: Holy Motors [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
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". They then criticise others who criticise them, but don't like it when the tables are turned back.

HOLY MOTORS is not your ordinary film. In fact, if you haven't seen any of Leos Carax's previous works, it would serve you best to seek them out before diving-in with this one. Carax is not your usual director. He is an avant-garde film-maker who doesn't do conventionality. And I personally feel that too many of the film's critics want conventionality. It's as if any film that isn't conventional, has to be lambasted against, for daring to be different.

The film is essentially about one businessman, who's job seems to be to take on different roles, and to try and make something of his own, or his client's lives, in one manner or another. The film is not your normal kind of cinematic experience, and if you are seeking a movie in which A, B, then C happens, and the ending is all neatly-wrapped-up in a cinematic bow, so you can leave feeling all warm and safe inside, then this is NOT for you.

An experimental work, that too many people are failing to take for what it is, rather than forcing their own narrow views of what this film should be. It's a disjointed, complex, non-linear piece of moving cinematic art, from which the viewer is required to engage their brains, and think for a bit. The first half-hour is a steady - relatively "normal" - drama, but once you reach the "Beauty And The Beast" scene, you may find that the film "clicks" for you, just as it did for me, on a much higher and more cerebral level than you first imagined. The audaciousness for Carax (and Denis Lavant - in one of the most complex and controversial roles ever undertaken by any actor) is what makes this work for me in the most magical way. Suddenly, we have Lavant dancing as a bedraggled, leprechaun/homeless man/nymph going through a Parisian graveyard, stealing flowers, eating them, before arriving upon Beauty herself - Eva Mendes. It's only then, after a shock moment, that we realise the point of the film: that there is no point. This film is art. It's purpose is not to be anything more than what it is, but it is for you the viewer to dictate what it should be.

It's bold, it's shocking, and it's occasionally self-indulgent, but then so is Lavant's character. His world is made-up solely of inhabiting the worlds of others. He is to them, the glue that binds things together, whilst simultaneously his own world (personal and business) collapses ever further, as family and friends desert him.

One of the other highlights for me, was the "Interlude" sequence. It served no point nor purpose, but it was damn entertaining, and somehow made the film even more special. Like I say, this film is not for everyone. In fact, it's more for people who are comfortable with films that are non-linear, avant-garde, strange, introspective, freakish, outlandish, archaic or just downright weird. If you enjoy films like SANTA SANGRE, EL TOPO, TRASH HUMPERS, THE CREMASTER SERIES and don't mind sitting back for two hours and just revelling in whatever delights the director serves up, then you should enjoy this film.

Just don't look for any literal meaning. This is the very definition of "art" film. Study it, think about it, discuss it. Just try not to understand it.
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Initial post: 21 Nov 2013 11:47:29 GMT
Chase Whale says:
Does this have English subtitles? I know it's not in the description, but sometimes Amazon doesn't have all correct data. Thank you kindly.

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Nov 2013 15:08:59 GMT
Mr Ryan says:
Yes it has English subtitles.

Posted on 29 Jul 2014 00:51:39 BDT
Serge Zak says:
Hello ! I would like to know if the english subtitles can be deactivated on "Holy Motors" Blu-Ray ? Thanks for your answer, it would be a great help.

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Jul 2014 11:43:40 BDT
PoochJD says:
As far as I can recall, the English Subs are NOT removeable. (Many Artificial Eye releases have English Subs that are NOT removeable, so I suspect that the same applies to HOLY MOTORS too.) However, I may be wrong. Sorry that I don't have the definitive answer.

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Jul 2014 11:47:05 BDT
Serge Zak says:
Necer mind ! Thanks and have a nice day !

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Oct 2014 11:58:53 BDT
Not sure what I think about the arrogance in your first paragraph in the review. I think you are making a totally accurate point but unfortunately it is blemished by an appeal at superiority. It is also hugely contradictory to say 'mere mortals' don't understand it and then go on to say that the film isn't supposed to be understood in any literal sense. Just say something along the lines of 'most people will label this film 'crap' or 'valueless' as a result of falling into the trap of attempting to understand. Indeed, the irony here is that such an example of art house film par excellence requires a transcendental attitude from which to view it. That is, the way to understand it, is to not try to understand it!'

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Oct 2014 15:22:23 BDT
Last edited by the author on 15 Oct 2014 21:30:29 BDT
PoochJD says:
@Aaron K. Wilkins - But that's the point: most people are slating this film, and these same people are the people who think that TRANSFORMERS 4 and the TWILIGHT franchise are the heights of filmic-intellectuality! So, yes, in my own way, I am being arrogant and a little "superior", because it is those of us with the ability to be more open-minded, more intellectually-challenged that are enjoying this film - a film that defies description and understanding!

Unfortunately, too many people have an issue with "arthouse" cinema, because they don't want to understand it. They seem to be under the illusiion that all cinema must have an A-to-B-to-C plotline, and good must always triumph over evil, and everything in those films should be aimed at the lowest common denominator of viewer.

Well, I'm someone who is fed-up of seeing dumb films, made by dumb people, for dumb people. I want my cinema to be challenging, and non-linear. I want to be challenged. I want to have to work my brain a little. I don't want everything served-up, in a nice, simple fashion, that treats me like an utter child!

So, yes, this film is aimed at those of us who are - potentially, at least - a little morally and mentally superior. Good! It makes a nice change, than being lumbered with all of the junk that cinema normally vomits up on a daily basis, for the idiots!
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