Lisa Schwarzbaum
October 27, 2012 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Holy Motors

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
Unrated
runtime
115 minutes
Limited Release Date
10/17/12
performer
Eva Mendes, Kylie Minogue
director
Leos Carax
distributor
Indomina Releasing
genre
Drama

We gave it an A

Nothing makes ”sense” in this crazy-beautiful reverie about movies, love, the love of movies, and the inevitability of human melancholy by the perpetually mysterious French filmmaker Léos Carax (The Lovers on the Bridge). And yet everything is exactly as it should be in such an exhilarating puzzle, one of the grand cinematic eruptions of the year. The rubbery, indispensable Carax regular Denis Lavant (Beau Travail) plays Monsieur Oscar, a man whose job — or is it a mission? — is to transform himself over and over in the course of a day: beggar lady, acrobat, thug, and more. Driven around in a long white limo (by gorgeous seventysomething Edith Scob, from Eyes Without a Face), this professional shape-shifter becomes a kind of excavator of souls. A

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