Saturday, December 1, 2012

Movie Review: Holy Motors

Being a member of Milwaukee Film has its perks.  Every month they have a special screening for members.  This month that movie was Holy Motors and it is one bizarre head trip.

Lets start by saying this movie is not for everyone.  This is a movie not made for the casual film goer. It is made for extreme cinephiles and movie critics.  It is the definition of an art house movie.  That being said if you can just go with it and try not to over analyze it you can find some fun in this movie.  Since I spent the entire time trying to figure it out it took me a few days to really see the fun in it.

The movie follows Monsieur Oscar (Denis Lavant) as he makes various appointments.  He is driven to each appointment in a white limo.  Before each appointment he uses the limo as a changing room getting into different characters.  An elderly homeless women, an impish monster, and a dying man to name a few.  Each vignette tells a completely different story in a different genre.

At the end you are left guessing what was going on.  They never answer who sets up the appointments or if the movie is just a dream.  But like I said you just have to accept it for what it is.  There are lots of ways to interpret the movie and the most common way is that is is a movie about the modern movies.  The movie has been called David Lynchian and I guess there is some elements that feel Lynchian but it also feels like something different.

The best part of the movie is the acting of Denis Lavant.  He inhabits each role with conviction.  We get to see him get into the part and own it.  Why there has not been more Oscar buzz for him is beyond me.  I am also hoping that the Academy recognizes the make up artist.  Each role calls for a complete transformation and the make up makes Lavant unrecognizable from appointment to appointment.   The movie also has good performances by Eva Mendes and Kylie Minogue.

3 out of 5 stars... Not for everyone but it has some great acting and worth checking out if you don't mind a movie that doesn't make sense.

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