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by Alexander Dermer (subscribe)
Alex is a freelance writer, retail worker, short film maker, an avid lover of The Arts and always willing to explore.
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"Art or Lunacy ?"
And no, this is not a film about flying bible cars.

Holy Motors follows one day in the life of actor and family man, Monsieur Oscar. Monsieur Oscar is driven around in a limo to his many appointments, acting from a hitman, to a crazy hermit who eats flowers at cemeteries. The life of this man is not one lacking in excitement.

Although I didn't find Holy Motors to be quite as lynchian (similar to the works of David Lynch), as other cinema goers have seemed to praise it. Holy Motors is still an underrated gem, that moves freely within its own refreshing spin, of mesmerising weirdness.

Holy Motors is a deliciously quirky, and highly intelligent satire, targeting both common cinema, and modernisation in its many forms. Being Leo Carax's first feature since his 1999 direction of Pola X, this cinematic feat was well worth the wait. Holy Motors also features a fantastic use of spellbinding cinematography, absurd laugh out loud humour, and an array of terrifically profound performances from the entire cast; including Kylie Minogue, Edith Scob, Eva Mendes and Denis Lavant.

The only aspect that I could truly criticise Holy Motors for, is its occasional dragged out pacing. However seeing as this is one of the few weaknesses that brings Holy Motors down, and being a flow in which many French films also suffer from, this is easily forgivable.

Holy Motors is certainly for an acquired taste, and this may end up being the most walked out film of the year, mainly due to its occasionally explicit imagery. But with that being said, for those who are fans of French cinema, or off beat and thought provoking features, Holy Motors should earn a high place on your list of films to see in 2012.


Holy Motors has yet to receive a classification from the OFLC (Office of Film and Literature Classification). However this is highly recommended for those aged 18 and up, due to its depictions of graphic nudity and strong violence…. now I bet you want to see it more.

Holy Motors will be screening at selected Australian cinemas, from the 23/08/2012.
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Why? Because it's a visual masterpiece
When: From the 23rd of August at selected cinemas
Where: Selected cinemas
Cost: A movie ticket
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Holy Motors has since been classified by the OFLC (Office Of Film And Literature Classification) as MA15+ for Strong sexualised images, nudity and violence.
by Alexander Dermer (score: 1|89) 2663 days ago
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