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Holy Motors -- Over the course of a single day, Monsieur Oscar travels by limousine around Paris to a series of nine "appointments," transforming into new characters or incarnations at each stop.
Holy Motors -- From dawn to dusk, a few hours in the life of Monsieur Oscar, a shadowy character who journeys from one life to the next. He is, in turn, captain of industry, assassin, beggar, monster, family man...

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4 July 2012 (France) See more »
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From dawn to dusk, a few hours in the shadowy life of a mystic man named Monsieur Oscar. | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Denis Lavant ... Mr. Oscar / Le Banquier / La Mendiante / L'O.S de la Motion Capture / M. Merde / Le Père / L'Accordéoniste / Le Tueur / Le Tué / Le Mourant / L'Homme au Foyer

Edith Scob ... Céline (as Édith Scob)

Eva Mendes ... Kay M

Kylie Minogue ... Eva Grace (Jean)
Elise Lhomeau ... Léa (Élise)
Jeanne Disson ... Angèle

Michel Piccoli ... L'Homme à la tache de vin

Leos Carax ... Le Dormeur / Voix Limousine (as LC)
Nastya Golubeva Carax ... La Petite Fille
Reda Oumouzoune ... L'Acrobate Mocap
Zlata ... La Cyber-Femme
Geoffrey Carey ... Le Photographe / Voix Limousine

Annabelle Dexter-Jones ... L'assistante photographe
Elise Caron
Corinne Yam
Julien Prévost
Ahcène Nini
Laurent Lacotte ... Voix Limousine (voice)
David Stanley Phillips ... Voix Limousine (voice)
Matthew Gledhill
Hanako Danjo
Big John
Pierre Marcoux
Bastien Bernini
Elliot Simon ... Musicien de l'église
Quentin Auvray ... Musicien de l'église
Doctor L. ... Musicien de l'église (as Doctor L)
Bertrand Cantat ... Musicien de l'église
Alexandre Leitao ... Musicien de l'église
David Nzavotunga Kiala ... Musicien de l'église
Johann Riche ... Musicien de l'église
Clément Robin ... Musicien de l'église
Yao Dembele ... Musicien de l'église
Yves Abadi ... Musicien de l'église
Miguel Saboga ... Musicien de l'église
Grégoire Simon ... Musicien de l'église
Viviane Arnoux ... Musicienne de l'église
Hugo Boulesteix ... Musicien de l'église
Eloi Miehe ... Musicien de l'église
Michel Delahaye ... Voix Limousine (voice)
Leslie Palanker ... Voix Limousine (voice)
Camille Rutherford ... Voix Limousine (voice)
Adrien Guitton ... Voix Limousine (voice)
Johanna Nizard ... Voix Limousine (voice)
Kester Lovelace ... Voix Limousine (voice)
Sonia Brahim ... Doublure
Aurélia Jurca ... Doublure
William Blair ... Doublure
Álex Moreu ... Doublure (as Alex Moreu Garriga)
Zara Broughton ... Doublure
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

François Rimbau ... Homme aveugle (uncredited)

Directed by
Leos Carax 
 
Writing credits
Leos Carax (screenplay)

Produced by
Rémi Burah .... co-producer
Martine Marignac .... producer
Albert Prévost .... producer
Maurice Tinchant .... producer
 
Cinematography by
Yves Cape 
Caroline Champetier 
 
Film Editing by
Nelly Quettier 
 
Casting by
Elsa Pharaon 
 
Production Design by
Florian Sanson 
 
Art Direction by
Emmanuelle Cuillery 
 
Costume Design by
Anaïs Romand 
 
Makeup Department
Bernard Floch .... hair & make up designer
Olivier Seyfrid .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Didier Abot .... unit production manager
Paula Ambrosini .... production secretary
Jean-Charles Berlan .... assistant unit manager
Gilles de Caevel .... assistant production manager
Eugénie Deplus .... post-production manager
Olivier Jacob .... unit production manager
Frederic Jupin .... post-production supervisor: Eclair Numérique
Tristan Minault .... assistant unit manager
Albert Prévost .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Thomas Bobrowski .... third assistant director
Nadège Catenacci .... assistant director to the action choreography
Yann Chemin .... second assistant director
Alexia de Khovrine .... third assistant director
Julie Gouet .... first assistant director
Basile Jullien .... additional third assistant director
 
Art Department
Bertrand Alberge .... props
Nicolas Bachelet .... ripper
Christophe Ballu .... carpenter tracer
Céline Barray .... landscaper
Marie Barthes .... sculpture decorator
Isoline Favier .... carpenter
Tom Fèvre .... ripper
Julien Grisot .... ripper
Hélène Heitz-Binoth .... upholstry decorator (as Hélène Heitz Binoth)
Benoît Herlin .... property master
Pierre Hervé .... construction electrician
Pawel Lokczewski .... constructor
Nicolas Meunier .... carpenter tracer
Philippe Meynard .... chief painter
David Nouyrit .... chief painter
Philippe Oxaban .... upholstry decorator (as Philippe Oxaran)
Stephane Philly .... carpenter
Elodie Pujol .... painter
Christophe Rochard .... carpenter tracer
Jochen Rohrig .... chief carpenter (as Jochen Rorhig)
Martina Seeber .... painter
Diane Sorin .... designer: cybermonster
Gonzalez Stephane .... chief constructor (as Stéphane Gonzales)
Thomas Theret .... carpenter
Elsa Truscello .... assistant art director
Jean-Jacques Vassal .... chief constructor
Martin Viellerobe .... ripper
Jean-Noël Vincensini .... props
Jeremy Visconte .... carpenter (as Jérémy Visconte)
 
Sound Department
Julien Bouchez .... sound mix technician
François Boudet .... boom operator
Katia Boutin .... dialogue editor
Emmanuel Croset .... sound
Erwan Kerzanet .... sound
Michel Monier .... sound consultant: dolby
Carsten Richter .... foley artist
Josefina Rodríguez .... sound editor
Samuel Rouillard .... sound assistant
Helene Seidl .... foley editor
Marcus Sujata .... foley mixer
Marcus Sujata .... supervising foley editor
Hélène Thabouret .... assistant sound editor
Hanse Warns .... foley mixer
 
Visual Effects by
Yoann Berger .... visual effects supervisor
Yoann Berger .... visual effects
Alain Bignet .... digital compositor
Alexandre Bon .... visual effects supervisor
Gaëlle Bossis .... digital compositor
Thierry Delobel .... visual effects director
Philippe Desfretier .... visual effects
Berengere Dominguez .... visual effects producer
David Gourmaud .... visual effects editor
Aurelie Lajoux .... lead senior compositor
Julien Lasson .... digital compositor
Sabine Lineres .... digital compositor
Olivier Lukaszczyk .... digital compositor
Gianni Manno .... digital compositor
Olivier Marci .... supervisor: 3D
Damien Maric .... visual effects producer
Jean-Francois Michelas .... digital compositor
Fabienne Mouillac .... digital compositor
Philippe Nalet .... digital compositor
François Pellae .... credits designer
Jacques Perconte .... data wrangler
Aurore Rousset .... visual effects artist
Niranjan Siva .... digital compositor
Aurélie Villard .... digital artist
Virginie Wintrebert .... visual effects coordinator
Charles Zoller .... digital compositor
 
Stunts
Sébastien Fouassier .... stunts
Reda Oumouzoune .... stunt double: Denis Lavant
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Loïc Andrieu .... steadicam operator
Addellah Asmai .... grip (as Adbellah Asmaï)
Brice Bailly .... electrician
Adèle Belliot .... electrician
Patrice Birzin .... groupman
Michaël Boscher .... grip (as Mickaël Boscher)
Stéphane Bourgoin .... gaffer
Yves Cape .... additional cinematographer
David Caroff .... groupman
Mathieu Cassan .... video assistant
Camille de Chenay .... second assistant camera
Camille de Chenay .... still photographer
Thibault de Saint André .... electrician
Dominique Dehoua .... additional electrician
Mathieu Dequirot .... electrician (as Matthieu Dequirot)
Emmanuel Diaz .... groupman
Sébastien Fanchault .... grip
Pierre Fanet .... electrician
Yohann Guedj .... electrician
Raphael Jourdan .... key grip (as Raphaël Jourdan)
Tessa Louise-Salomé .... additional camera
Stephen Mack .... first assistant camera
Sebastien Messe .... additional electrician
Anthony Mialet .... electrician
Michel Monnaie .... electrician
Grégory Place .... electrician
Bruno Raquillet .... second assistant camera
Jean-François Rey .... electrician
Simon Roche .... second assistant camera
Bruno Seffino .... groupman
Jérémy Stone .... key grip
Kevin Strauch .... grip
Aymeric Tournier .... grip
Eddy Trouillot .... grip
Sylvain Zambelli .... first assistant camera
 
Casting Department
Christel Baras .... casting
Christophe Daci .... casting assistant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Véronique Gely .... dresser
Anu Gould .... costumer
Marion Gouti .... costumer
Magali Lapoulle .... assistant costumer
Anne-Lucie Morelet .... costumer
Rachel Raoult .... dresser (as Rachèle Raoult)
Virginia Vogwill .... dresser (as Virginia Helen Vogwill)
Karin Charpentier .... assistant costume designer (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Mickaël Commereuc .... colorist assistant
Reginald Gallienne .... dailies color grader
Aurélien Grand .... dailies manager
Clément Guégan .... digital conformation
Audrey Kleinclaus .... lab post-production coordinator: Eclairgroup
Elif Uluengin .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Daniel Kemper .... music recording engineer
 
Other crew
Jules-César Bréchet .... additional production staff
Sébastien Coulet .... travelling car
Katia de Vidas .... making-of cameraman
Tessa Louise-Salomé .... making-of director (as Tessa Ouvrier-Perrin)
Édith Pavageau .... administrator of production
Pierre Pessel .... assistant: Mlle Mendes & Mlle Minogue
Mathilde Profit .... script supervisor
Carole Reinhard .... location scout
Phil Symes .... publicist
Phill Zagajewski .... creative director
Phill Zagajewski .... stage manager
 
Thanks
Yekaterina Golubeva .... dedicatee
 

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115 min
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Trivia:
It was French director Claire Denis who suggested Leos Carax to cast Kylie Minogue for the film.See more »
Quotes:
L'Homme à la tache de vin:What makes you carry on, Oscar?
Mr. Oscar:What made me start, the beauty of the act.
L'Homme à la tache de vin:Beauty? They say it's in the eye, the eye of the beholder.
Mr. Oscar:And if there's no more beholder?
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Movie Connections:
References Godzilla (1954)See more »
Soundtrack:
Funeral March (Adagio molto)See more »

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74 out of 109 people found the following review useful.
Huh?, 30 September 2012

Holy Motors must be the strangest, maddest and most bizarre film I've seen since at least Love Exposure and possibly ever. In a statement about the nature of both acting and the digitalisation of the world, Leos Carax's film stars Denis Lavant as a man who travels through Paris in a white limousine that is driven by Edith Scob. Along the way he stops for various 'appointments' for which he adopts an entirely different character complete with makeup, mannerisms and speech. Throughout the course of the day he becomes a beggar woman, motion capture artist, assassin, disappointed father plus many more.

The film's message or statement is open for interpretation and after telling my girlfriend what I though I asked her the same, to which she replied "I thought it was about weird stuff". The film is enjoyable however you view it and whether or not you read into any hidden messages or not. The themes that I personally believe the film is tackling may be totally different to the person next to me but it doesn't matter. Holy Motors is a thrilling, darkly comic and bonkers film that is worth tracking down.

Due to the film's premise, subject matter and country or origin, we got the chance to travel to our local Art House Cinema, Cornerhouse in Manchester. We saw the film in their small room which contains just 58 seats but when the lights went down the cinema was full. After an ominously bizarre opening we see Denis Lavant leave his seemingly loving family and mansion behind and head for a waiting limousine. If this were any other film you'd likely expect he was a businessman or some sort but it isn't long before his driver takes him to his first 'appointment'. Before this opening appointment the camera swoops around to show the remainder of the limousines' interior which instead of being filled with sofas, TVs and fridges is stocked with all manner of props, wigs and makeup cases. In no time Lavant is transformed into his first character, an old beggar woman of the sort you see around The Eiffel Tower. After several minutes of being ignored on the street he is back in the limo and off to his next appointment. The second and third appointments are for me the highlights of the film. One is an incredibly beautiful look at motion capture, shot in a darkened room with UV light and features incredible visuals, choreography and the most contorted woman I've ever seen. The third is the strangest and funniest vignette and sees Lavant dressed as a sort of tramp/Quasimodo figure and having interrupted a fashion shoot, steals the model before taking her to his underground lair. The film reaches a crescendo at this point which it is never really able to match. At the time I thought to myself "I'm looking at Eva Mendes dressed in a Burqa, singing a lullaby to a naked man with an obvious and exposed erection. Where can they go from here?" The answer is that they reel the film in slightly and take the audience to more emotional and heartfelt places.

Denis Lavant's performance in this film is simply incredible. I haven't seen a better acting job this year and I'd be surprised if I do. If the film wasn't so strange and commercially off-putting he would be a shoe-in for the major awards next February. Even so I wouldn't be at all surprised to see an Oscar nomination if the Academy is feeling brave. Lavant literally transforms himself about nine or ten times, playing totally different characters each time. It's not just the sheer number that is impressive though, it is the quality of the performances which really stands out. He is truly awe inspiring in this film.

The film's message and themes are as I've mentioned open to interpretation. Personally it felt to me like a satire on the nature of acting and how these days with the likes of camera phones and CCTV an actor can never switch off. We don't know who is watching so we are always performing. Equally it could be interpreted as stating that we show different sides of ourselves to different people. I know that I'm a totally different person with my girlfriend as I am with the people at work for instance. It seems likely that the film is trying to talk about a variety of issues and themes and perhaps other people will pick up on different aspects of the strange world that it creates. That and Lavant's performance are its two major strengths.

Some people will inevitably be put off by Holy Motors premise, style and quirkiness but if you stick with it and allow it to wash over you it's a brilliantly weird film that will be popping up on lots of Top 10 lists come December.

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