Holy Motors

January 20, 2013 3 Comments

Every so often films come along that offer an experience available only through cinema.

Holy Motors is Leos Carax’s newest film, a heady (but emotional) film trip through the story of cinema, or as the director has implied “cinema as a metaphor for the journey of life.”

It is difficult to describe this film, rich in cinematic reference (Renee Clair’s Enrt’Acte, King Vidor’s The Crowd, Cocteau, Lang, Griffith, Lang, Wells, Bunuel, Goddard, Marey, Franju and on and on) and visually captivating.  Carax, the enfant terrible of post New Wave French Cinema has only made a handful of films, often ultimately critically acclaimed but unsucessful at the box office.  His 1991 ‘Lovers on the Bridge” with Juliette Binoche and Carax’s muse, Denis Lavant, captures the wonderful scene of the lovers water skiing on the Seine.  Movie Magic.

Is the movie meant only as an insider’s wink?  No.

The film will only screen at the Detroit Film Theatre:   If you missed the screenings or the discussion last week, fear not!  The film will reappear in March:  Friday 3-8 at 9:30., Saturday, 3-9 at 9:30 and Sunday 3-10 at 4:30.  Don’t miss it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

See you there!!!!!

Jolyn Wagner

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3 Comments to “Holy Motors”
  1. Bruce Russell says:

    The DFT schedule says that Holy Motors is also showing March 8, 9, 10. Is that incorrect?

  2. Bruce Russell says:

    But don’t wait till March! Come to the film on Sun., Jan. 27 at 2:00 p.m.and the discussion afterwards! You’ll enjoy it!

  3. Bruce Russell says:

    Suppose you flip around from one movie channel to the next, and you catch just snippets of some actor playing different parts. They wouldn’t make much sense taken and out of context. Suppose your computer savy son took these clips and put them on one DVD and gave it to you for your birthday, but you did not realize that these were clips from various films. You thought it was just one film. That’s sort of what Holy Motors is like.

    You would try to make sense of the film as it unfolded. Maybe you’d think, “Aha, this is one actor just playing bit parts in various movies, and I can’t understand the point of the bits because they are taken out of context.” Then some clip is shown that makes you change your hypothesis: “Aha, I see. All the previous clips were really various dreams a dying character has had.” But wait, that hypothesis turns out to be wrong, too. OK, back to the original hypothesis. The main character is always acting a part. But wait, no. He has a serious encounter with an ex-lover, and then she commits suicide. No, not really. That’s just an act. Then some serious things are said about love and death. OK, this is a serious film about how we are all like actors throughout most of our lives which end in death, and we never get back to being the way we were when we were…not acting. That’s the message of the film, right? Hmmm, maybe not because who can take these thoughts seriously when we see the actor living with a couple of orangutans and hear cars talking at the end?

    WHAT is this film about??? It’s about change of view. If we are sensible, we form hypothesis on the evidence we have, and then revise accordingly as new evidence comes in. Often we should suspend judgment because we only see part of the evidence which has been taken out of context. Yes, life is serious business, and we shouldn’t spend so much time just acting it out, but it’s not just serious, as any good orangutan or car will tell you!

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