This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Rod Sedgwick’s review published on Letterboxd:
This review may contain spoilers.
''What made me start: the beauty of the act.''
''They say it's in the eye, the eye of the beholder.''
''And if there's no more beholder?''
The third viewing of a cinematic triumph
The stage is set, the projector rolls, but what audience will see it when they are all asleep? The Director of Holy Motors Leos Carax awakens and unlocks a door to cinema as if he is the creator giving life as God once did to Adam, yet all are asleep. Is it the birth of a new era of cinema represented by a child? And what danger lurks behind him in the form a black dog, what does it signify? Perhaps with all light comes darkness...
This world we are drawn into, is one of actors, performing roles to please a new type of audience. Oscar is given his workload for the day - Nine 'appointments' that will see him act out many roles across different genres, short bursts of 'entertainment' that we could liken to YouTube videos, each one captivating, but without context or apparent meaning. Yet the audience desire to be fed these short pieces of cinema, delivered at their convenience through any digital means possible, because the world of film is fading you see. Oscar is disillusioned and jaded, and his audience can sense it, yet a chance encounter with another actress (Kylie Minogue) that he perhaps had some connection to at some point, seems to really stir his emotions (this is not one of Oscar's appointments, but rather a opportunity for him to become an extra in one of her engagements). This has been a hell of a day you see, especially when the audience are rarely satisfied and ''Some days one murder is not enough.''
The final sequence really drives home the film’s theme by giving us the opportunity see the 'Holy Motors' discuss their impending doom, a time when it ''Won't be long till they send us to the junkyard. We're becoming...inadequate.''. These are the cameras, the motors, the machines that are dying in this new age of smartphones and laptops and digital projection because ''Men don't want visible machines anymore.'', ''Yes, don't want no more engines, no more action.''.
Cut, that's a wrap.