Director: Leos Carax | France 2012 | 115 min
It is not certain whether Leos Carax would approve of the imagery in an otherwise fully deserved compliment of having been the midwife at the 'rebirth' of cinema. But his alter ego Denis Lavant would no doubt be thrilled - and if not him, then certainly Lavant's own alter ego, 'Monsieur Merde', would be so for sure! The Cannes sensation 'Holy Motors' is Carax's first feature film in 13 years, and what the secretive, French auteur has saved up in terms of ideas within this time tangibly explodes in slow motion across the screen in the course of the film's plot(s), where Lavant produces a series of solid chameleonesque performances: a hunchbacked beggar on one of Paris's bridges; a stunt man in a 3D studio; a hitman hunting his own doppelganger; a tired family father; and not least the aforementioned Merde, who has to be seen with ones own eyes. 'Holy Motors' is one of the most radically expansive films in years, and a film that actually realises the ideal that in cinema everything is possible.
Holy Motors (France, 2012, 115 min.)
Director: Leos Carax. Producer: Martine Marignac, Albert Prévost, Maurice Tinchant. Production: Pierre Grise Productions, Theo Films, Arte France Cinéma, Pandora Film, WDR/Arte.
with Danish Subtitles.
The preview of 'Holy Motors' is presented in maximal collaboration with the film festival CPH PIX and is introduced by the Carax expert Thure Munkholm (CPH PIX) and the maximalist Mads B. Mikkelsen (CPH:DOX).
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