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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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Leos Carax (screenplay)
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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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The role played by Michel Piccoli was originally intended for Leos Carax himself, but he decided it would be misleading to cast a filmmaker. When Piccoli was cast, the idea was to make him unrecognizable and credit him under a pseudonym, but the information reached the media.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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References The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976)See more »
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28 out of 50 people found the following review useful.
Cinematic experience at a most cerebral level, 10 November 2012
Author: tomgillespie2002 from United Kingdom

A bizarre, enigmatic and brave cinematic return to feature film making from Leos Carax, after a 13 year gap, Holy Motors is a self-consciously low budget odyssey of ambiguous, pseudo-linear intentions. After five years attempting to raise funds for a large budget English language film that ultimately fell through, Carax turned his attentions on a native language film with a smaller cost, and was inspired when observing the many limousines driving around Paris. Regular collaborator Denis Lavant plays the mysterious Monsiuer Oscar, who is driven around the city in the white stretched vehicle, taking him to the variety of "appointments" of the day. The appointments appear to be a series of acting jobs, where Mr Oscar dresses up for the multitude of roles.

From a dishevelled gypsy woman, - through a banker, and a dying millionaire - to a crazed vagabond who kidnaps a fashion model, Kay M. (Eva Mendes), Oscar glides through the day and into the night, changing his appearance with make-up and prosthetics, fulfilling his duty to a mysterious company, accomplishing the jobs he is given information through files in the back of the car. In other scenarios Oscar is dressed in a black leotard with white dots, as he enters a very industrialised building where he performs a motion-capture dance and highly sexualised duo with a red-clad blond woman, as it turns into the serpentine CGI creation; in another, Oscar joins his 2 point 4 family unit, which consist of chimpanzees.

Whilst Carax takes many stylistic references from David Lynch, the film also offers a quite unique sense of humour. In one scene, Oscar is playing a dying rich man, who has his step-niece beside him in his last moments. After dying, Oscar climbs from the bed, the niece still sobbing into the covers, he turns back to ask the girls name, and offering apologies for his swift exit: "I have to get to another appointment" he states, which is returned with the reply that she also needs to leave for another appointment (It's funnier on screen than in writing - and certainly after the incredibly moving moments of death). It's a jarring punch-line to a heartfelt moment. Small details of technological modernity invade the mis-en-scene, for example, when Oscar is the vagabond, he wildly runs through a cemetery eating flowers, each gravestone has its own www.address.

Holy Motors is without question a film about film, and film making, offering allusions to Jean Cocteau and Jean-Luc Godard. Fundamentally though, this film seems to evoke another French original, Georges Franju, whose film Eyes Without a Face (1960) is highly referenced. Edith Scob (who played the masked victim in the film), drives Mr Oscar around, and actually reprises her role, and hides her face once again under the mask. The mysterious events in the film could also be regarded as a comment on changing nature of cinematic production. From the motion capture sequence to the nature of Oscar scatological "job", the film seems to lament the loss of real cinema - Carax filmed in digital video (a format that he hates) for budgetary reasons.

What is so beautiful about this mode of cinema is the complexity of meaning. This is film so dense in symbolism that it requires repeat viewings. Whether it's about the changing face of cinema, the acting profession, or an exploration of the nature of identity (Oscar could represent the many faces that we have to put on each day, in the performance of life, and our increasing need to compartmentalise each element of our lives), it doesn't really matter what the directors true intentions were. This is cinematic experience at a most cerebral level. We are not given the meaning, but we take from it what we bring to it, and can interpret it how we want. Lavant creates a fantastic, multi- faceted performance, even managing to hold an erect penis in the most unsexy environment ever. Kylie Minogue even manges to be perfectly suited for her small role in which she may have been a past lover of Mr Oscar, she also sings a song written by Carax and Neil Hannon, which enlightens a dingy musical movie moment.

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