Holy Motors

Holy Motors ★★

Leos Carax's new film is less of a narrative and more of a cinematic Rorschach test. At the beginning of the movie, we're told that Denis Lavant has nine appointments to keep throughout the day - so that's what we watch him do, hopping from one surreal vignette to the next. Lavant exhibits a chameleon-like ability to inhabit different archetypes (at least with the aid of extensive make-up effects), but it's still a rather thankless role in that his Oscar character is ultimately a cipher.

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