Written and Directed by Leos Carax
Starring: Denis Lavant, Edith Scob, and Kyle Minogue
MPAA: Unrated – Contains some Violent Images, Graphic Sexuality/Nudity, and Brief Language]
Earlier this year, film pundits Andrew O’Heir and David Denby wrote some articles bringing up “The Death of Cinema”, stating that the majority of today’s movies are horrendous and that the “culture of film” itself was dying. There are plenty of articles I’ve read that perfectly articulated why these two opinions were mostly, to put it bluntly, wrong in every aspect, but perhaps the biggest case for cinema being alive now more than ever, a film I sincerely wish O’Heir and Denby had seen before writing their indulgent, solipsistic articles, is Holy Motors: A film that proves them wrong in just about every way imaginable.
Leos Carax’s Holy Motors is the single best movie of 2012. I’m not even gonna work my way around it with a typical introduction like I usually do in these reviews. It just simply is the best movie I’ve seen this entire year and one of the very best of this whole decade. It’s a fleeting odyssey into the world of cinema that’s fun, surreal, disturbing, and ultimately, powerful, moving, audacious, gorgeous, breathtaking, and unlike anything else ever made. It’s this year’s The Tree of Life. It’s a spellbinding film that can only be described as “transcendent”. The kind of audacity that the movies were made for.