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September 20, 2012


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That's Carax in the opening scene, not Levant.


Didn't mean to imply that that small error somehow invalidated everything else you wrote. The film definitely does have a mournful undercurrent, though it's also sometimes riotously funny (the conclusion of the assassin story), bizarrely outré (Merde & Eva), and joyously celebratory (entr'acte). Wouldn't call it "funsy" but it did frequently make me giddy. Same is true of Carax's other films, save perhaps Pola X (which I disliked at the time but need to revisit someday).


"Same is true of Carax's other films, save perhaps Pola X (which I disliked at the time but need to revisit someday)."

I disliked Pola X at the time as well, but it did make me continually delirious, if not giddy. And I respect that, even if I walked out of the theater in a non-funsy mood.

Now, after I get a chance to see Holy Motors, I'd REALLY appreciate if someone would get their act together enough to let me buy HD home cinema versions of Mauvais sang and Boy Meets Girl. I'd really like to see them again.

Jason M.

Disliked POLA X when I first saw it, too (on DVD), but then a few years back, Claire Denis presented it as part of a double bill with her own Melville adaptation BEAU TRAVAIL (made at roughly the same time). It played beautifully both in that context and on 35mm (a few aging CGI effects notwithstanding), and made me both reevaluate the film and hunt down the novel.

Either way, it's a shame that it's taken Carax this long to make a feature again. Excited to see it, and hope the next one doesn't take so long to come to fruition.

David Ehrenstein

Very much looking forward to this.

I first met Leos during the "Unbearable Lightness of Being" press tour when when he was trailing after Juliette Binoche looking for all the world like a small whipped dog. He was very happy that I wanted to talk to him as apparently none of the U.S. press had the slightest idea who he as. "Les Amants du Pont-Neuf" was still in progress at that time. The next time I ran into him was (inevitably) in the lobby of the Chateau Marmont. I was there to see Gus, but there was Leos -- who invited me to a screening tat evening at Universal in the big room. The film was of course overwhelming -- the greatest cinematic tribute anyone has ever created for his girlfriend. Needless to say the end of shooting signaled the end of the affair. "Les Amants" got a cursory U.S. release a few years later. After that I'd often see Leos at Book Soup on Sunset. He is by nature "triste" and "Holy Motors" is clearly in this mode in spades.


Much as I love this site and Glenn's writing, I often have to put on my "we'll just have to agree to disagree" hat when I come here, because I simply couldn't stand the "Merde" segment of TOKYO. I'd almost rather watch FAY GRIM again (suppresses a shudder). There, I just had to get that off my chest. (Liked the other TOKYO segments, though).

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