Holy Motors

dir. Leos Carax

Holy Motors

dir. Leos Carax

Holy Motors

dir. Leos Carax

Holy Motors

dir. Leos Carax

TIFF Cinematheque - Retrospective

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Leos Carax joins us in person for a special Q&A following the August 10 screening at 9:15pm.

Art-house bad boy Leos Carax's first feature in thirteen years takes us on a wild and surreal trip through nocturnal Parisian streets as the mysterious Monsieur Oscar (Denis Lavant) morphs into a variety of personas and crosses paths with a host of strange characters played by the likes of Michel Piccoli, Eva Mendes and Kylie Minogue.

Due to a programming change, the screening of HOLY MOTORS which was scheduled to screen on August 15th has been moved to August 10th at 9:15pm. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Exhilarating in its ceaseless invention, the crazily lovable Holy Motors follows the mostly nocturnal sorties of the chameleonic businessman Monsieur Oscar (Denis Lavant, naturellement), who is ferried through a dreamlike Paris in a stretch limousine by chic chauffeur Céline (Edith Scob). In a series of strange encounters, each more thrilling and mysterious than the last, Oscar takes on a series of radically different identities — an old bag lady, a solicitous turned abusive father, an obsessed assassin, an acrobatic motion-capture model, and a freakish, flame-haired, finger-chewing creature spewed from the sewers — to what purpose, other than the audience's delighted pleasure, we can never be certain. Among the peculiar personae who turn up are an amusingly imperturbable Eva Mendes, a sinister Michel Piccoli, and a pixieish Kylie Minogue, outfitted with a Jean Seberg bob and singing her heart out. And just when the anarchic invention seems ready to run out, Holy Motors ends on a grace note which answers the question from last year's other limo-launched hallucination — David Cronenberg's Cosmopolis — as to where all the limos go at night. "One of the ten best of the year.... It's a gift for moviegoers to have this much freedom, and exhilarating.... It's cinema reloaded" (Manohla Dargis, The New York Times).

Guest Biography

    • Leos Carax
    • Léos Carax was born in France. He began his career as a film critic and short-film director before making his feature-length debut at age 23 with Boy Meets Girl (84), which marked the first of his collaborations with actor Denis Lavant. His other films include Mauvais Sang (86), Les Amants du Pont-Neuf (88), Pola X (99), a segment in the anthology film Tokyo! (08), and Holy Motors (12).