Summary: "Holy Motors" is a unique cinematic experience that consistently delivers steady revelations as the film progresses. It is meticulously constructed to create a specific set of circumstances within a somewhat traditional plot.
Excerpt: Here's the thing: if you're going to watch Leos Carax's Holy Motors , you really shouldn't read this review. Or any review, for that matter. What you should do is just watch it and trust that it's going to deliver something interesting. I can't guarantee that you'll like it or understand it, but I'm almost positive it will keep you engaged.
Conclusion: There are some that will inevitably be turned off by the apparent density and perplexing nature of 'Holy Motors' – but, as with most seemingly impenetrable films that are done well, e.g., with style and creativity, and a clear sense of thematic purpose, it won't take long for those willing to give it a shot to develop incredibly strong feelings about it.
Conclusion: Holy Motors can be praised for breaking the monotony in the life of a film critic, but it is a shallow exercise in surrealism that will disappoint the average viewer for not adding up to anything special. Indomina's Blu-ray provides great picture, underwhelming but adequate sound, and a decent hour of bonus features. While I can't recommend the film, there's nothing about the disc besides the movie to dissuade interested parties.
Summary: Have you ever had a dream which when upon waking and thinking about it obviously made no (or at least little) sense whatsoever, and yet while you were actually dreaming it seemed to be the absolute height of logic and rationality? For those of you who haven't had this experience, there's a way to recreate it: simply watch Holy Motors , one of the oddest, most quasi-hallucinatory films in recent memory.
Summary: Leos Carax's "Holy Motors" (2012) arrives on Blu-ray courtesy of British distributors Artificial Eye. The supplemental features on the disc include the film's original Cannes Film Festival trailer; a gallery of deleted scenes; and a very long conversation with director Leos Carax recorded after his film was screened at the Locarno Film Festival. In French, with imposed English subtitles for the main feature. Region-B "locked".
Summary: This one definitely earns high marks all around for originality and style, even if it never quite grips you the way a good movie can. It sure looks slick, however, and it features and interesting cast giving their all in order to deliver a script that is… pretty out there. Definitely worth a watch if you’re a viewer with an affinity for bizarre art house filmmaking, Holy Motors is as hypnotic and almost trance inducing as it is perplexing and occasionally hilarious.
Excerpt: Jean-Luc Godard famously suggested that the best way to criticize a movie is to make another movie. With Holy Motors, the year’s most electrifying whatsit, Godard’s fellow French filmmaker Leos Carax has taken that idea one delightfully absurd step further. On its surface, this absurdist ode to analog’s death at digital’s hands seems to echo a number of recent essays eager to perform the last rites on cinema, or at least on its status as our dominant dream factory.