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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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Release Date:
4 July 2012 (France) See more »
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Plot:
From dawn to dusk, a few hours in the shadowy life of a mystic man named Monsieur Oscar. | Add synopsis »
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21 wins & 34 nominations See more »
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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
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François Rimbau ... Homme aveugle (uncredited)
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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 recordist
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
 
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
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:
In the anthology film Tokyo! (2008), a segment Leos Carax made focuses on the character Merde, also played by Denis Lavant.See more »
Quotes:
Angèle:I'll be punished?
Mr. Oscar:Yes. Your punishment, my poor Angèle, is to be you. To have to live with yourself.
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Movie Connections:
References Godzilla (1954)See more »
Soundtrack:
Godzilla - Sinking of Bingou-MaruSee more »

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49 out of 82 people found the following review useful.
Life is work. Art is work. Observing is work. Isn't that beautiful?, 30 November 2012
Author: JoshuaDysart from United States

The criticism I'm hearing most about "Holy Motors" is that it's about nothing. That it means nothing. That they - the unhappy viewer - needs more from their movies than random events strewn together without logic. As if the road to nowhere is not interesting in and of itself to them. It makes me wonder, why don't we expect our concept of narrative to be challenged more in the movies we consume? Why don't we put forth as much effort in confronting art, as the artist has put forth in confronting us?

"Holy Motors" is, to me, an act of filmic hypnosis. It made the cinema lover in me immediately and deeply happy from frame one (and not just because it references so much cinema of the past and critiques trends in the cinema of the present). I appreciate that film is not simply just another way of telling a story. Film is painting with light. It features human beings at play. It is design and photography and fashion and imagination. Of all the things cinema embraces... story is just a single element. So how did it become the MOST important element? Or, even more baffling to me, when did our idea of story itself become so tepid?

The story in "Holy Motors" is writ large. It scans like a modern myth. Like the oldest stories the human race tells. It features improbable and fantastical things happening along a journey. Its protagonist is a modern Ulysses trekking through the strange and fabled land of human experience, always searching for home. It is the only story ever told. And yet, again and again I hear people say that the movie has no narrative. No character they can connect to. No meaning.

Just because director Leos Carax is playful and tenuous with "meaning" doesn't mean it's not there. This is a film that is both about the drudgery and the exhilaration of creating for a living. It follows a day in the life of an artist. An artist always on the move. Sometimes that artist is tired, sometimes inspired, sometimes longing, sometimes exactly in the right place at the right time.

A friend I saw it with was bored. I still can't even understand how that's possible. Here's a movie in which anything can happen. In which any image can be juxtaposed with any other. In which the central architecture is not some obscuring three-act structure built out of a tired overplayed premise, but instead, is a careening litany of virtually every possible premise available. It readily teeters from overindulgent spectacle to tiny truth and back again as it explores, but never fusses over, the role of new technology in cinema, complications of identity, the strange job of acting for a living and so much more...

Most importantly though, the movie is about being on the job. The job of being human. Doing the work of being alive.

And we, the viewer, we work too. We work for meaning in the dark of the theater. We work to help fashion the story. To find the true character at the center of the experience. To understand where the human heart falls in all this flailing, anything-goes madness.

Life is work. Art is work. Observing is work. Isn't that beautiful?

"Cinema is a territory. It exists outside of movies. It's a place I live in. It's a way of seeing things, of experiencing life. But making films, that's supposed to be a profession." - Leos Carax

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