Leos Carax’s new film, Holy Motors, has been playing to perplexed audiences since it first screened at Cannes earlier this year. It currently has a 92% positive rating on Rotten Tomatoes and began rolling out to select theaters yesterday. Carax’s The Lovers on the Bridge can be counted as one of the most exhilarating and disturbing experiences I’ve ever had watching a movie. There’s a sensual image of Juliette Binoche with an eye patch and Denis Lavant swooning her like a a lush vagabond with Paris exploding in the background that plays in my head any time I feel happy to be living in a metropolis. I’m not sure if that image is actually in the movie, but it’s in my head either way.
Admittedly, I have no idea what to expect from Holy Motors, a film that’s been called everything from “a revitalization of cinema as we know it” to “a good bit of nonsense.” This bizarre new trailer, made for America, has me curious.
Lavant’s grunting, panicked, Tasmanian Devil-like fits have become something of a trademark for the excellent actor. One of my favorite music videos, directed by Jonathan Glazer and staring Levant: