is a 2012 Franco-German fantasy drama written and directed by Leos Carax, starring Denis Lavant and Édith Scob. Lavant plays Mr. Oscar, a man not unlike an actor who inhabits several roles
, but there are no apparent cameras filming the man's performances.
This film provides examples of:
- Absurdly Spacious Sewer: Justified, assuming it was a real location.
- Actor Allusion: Édith Scob (Chauffeur Céline), starred in the French horror classic Eyes Without a Face (1960). The mask that Céline puts on by the end of the film is a direct reference to this.
- Beard of Evil: The gnome has one.
- Beast and Beauty: Discussed and played straight in M. Merde's story, where the gnome kidnaps the supermodel.
- Chewing the Scenery: Taken literally by M. Merde and his hunger for everything.
- Extremely Short Timespan: The film plays out within the course of 24 hours.
- Fingore: The gnome's appetite for fingers comes as a surprise to the casting agent.
- Gainax Ending: Chimpanzees cast in human roles and talking cars.
- Genre-Busting: The film is a collage of different genres.
- Sci-Fi: Motion capture sequence
- Thriller: Two episodes are about hitman activity
- Musical: Kylie Minogue's singing part
- Drama: The father/daughter episode and the old man dying
- Identical Stranger: It's not clear, whether the banker was supposed to be a doppelganger.
- Also the guy in the warehouse, that Mr. Oscar kills and makes over to look like his own character.
- In Memoriam: The movie is dedicated to Russian actress Yekaterina Golubeva, the woman of director Carax’s life and the mother of his child. She tragically died in August 2011, right before the film went into production. While nobody knows for sure what the cause of her death is, Holy Motors makes peace with that tragedy in a very interesting way, implying that it may have even been a suicide.
- Le Film Artistique: Almost to the point of deconstruction.
- Loads and Loads of Roles: Denis Lavant plays eleven roles in this film.
- Mind Screw: The Movie.
- Not Quite Dead: The guy in the warehouse who was stabbed in the neck by Mr. Oscar.
- Title Drop: The neon sign towards the end.