Maybe I’m naive or just plain stupid. But after watching Leos Carax’s artsy- sci-fi flick Holy Motors yesterday, I had no idea how to even decipher it.
Starring Denis Lavant, the audience travels alongside the actor as he goes from appointment to appointment in a limo driven by Édith Scob. Transforming into various interesting/weird characters such as a beggar woman, a troll, a hitman who becomes himself and a circus acrobat among others, this film was probably the strangest journey I have ever went on through the screen.
When I call this film strange, it doesn’t mean that I think this movie is terrible. I just don’t get it. My guess is that this movie is about how the human race takes on different personas…or perhaps this might be a look into how cinema is changing over the years as it goes from sci-fi, drama to musical. I really don’t know. I would love to hear anyone’s take on it!
What I did enjoy however, was the costuming and make-up. I even loved that fun, musical scene with the accordions because that was just so delightfully random.
To be honest with you, I thought Shame was the strangest film I have ever seen. However, I think Holy Motors takes the cake now.
That being said, I don’t think it’s a bad thing to watch abstract movies now and then. As people, we need to open our eyes and watch things that are out of our comfort zone.