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HOLY MOTORS may be the most driven and divine film produced this year. After a brief overture, harkening back to the very earliest images of cinema itself, Léos Carax's beguiling work takes us on a voyage unlike any other. The ship of choice is a gleaming white limousine. Inside, we follow the adventures of Mr. Oscar (Carax's longtime leading man, Denis Lavant) who has nine "assignments" to complete. More like command performances, these assignments require that he inhabit various roles and lives as if on a movie set, becoming an old woman, a tramp and an assassin, among other things. As the odyssey continues (and after a bizarre musical interlude), the performances (or bouts of possession) begin to take their toll on Mr. Oscar and his ever-faithful chauffeur, Celine. By turns heartbreaking and uproariously funny, playful and morose, HOLY MOTORS is a wild and heavenly ride with endless interpretations and no easy answers. —Lane Kneedler
Léos Carax made an international splash with his feature debut BOY MEETS GIRL. His second film, BAD BLOOD, was nominated for three César Awards and won the prestigious Prix Louis Delluc. THE LOVERS ON THE BRIDGE became a cause célèbre; and MERDE! (one of the three stories in the film TOKYO!) boasts a virtuoso performance by recurring player Denis Lavant, who resurrects the character this year in HOLY MOTORS.