We started watching Holy Motors by Leos Carax out of curiosity, because it’s on so many year-end lists. We had no intention of watching the whole movie because our copy doesn’t have English subtitles.
First we were confused. Then we were weirded out. Then we were riveted. Then we were repelled. Then we were laughing. Then we were fascinated. Then we were moved. Then we were exhilarated. Then the movie was finished.
We still can’t tell you what it is exactly, but it’s amazing. It stars the indescribable Denis Lavant (The Lovers on the Bridge), Edith Scob (Eyes Without A Face), Eva Mendes who doesn’t say a word and doesn’t have to, and a soulful Kylie Minogue. Who knew?
2012: Year of the White Stretch Limos. The protagonist of David Cronenberg’s Cosmopolis also rides around in one.