Director: Leos Carex
Cast: Denis Lavant, Edith Scob, Eva Mendes.
Official Selection 2012 Cannes Film Festival Voted Best Film 2012 by Cahiers du Cinema
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Country of Origin: France 2012
Language: French with English subtitles. 115 mins.
'it's odd, breathtaking, unique, imaginative, playful, surprising, lively, funny, an abandonment of any sense of logic or sanity, a visual cinematic feast - Merci Monsieur Oscar, merci Celine, merci Leos pour le plaisir d'un voyage Saint Motors limousine'.
A few hours in the life of Monsieur Oscar (Denis Lavant), a mystery man collected from his home and chauffeured around Paris in a white stretch limo by Celine (Edith Scob) emerging nine times to plunge headlong into different prearranged roles - Banker, Beggar Woman, Motion Capture Specialist, Monsieur Merde, Father, Accordianist, Killer Victim, Dying Man, Man in the House journeying from one life to the next like an assassin moving from one hit to the next in pursuit of the purely beautiful act, the mysterious driving force, the women and ghosts of previous lives. But where's his true home, his family, his rest ? Bizarre, dream-like, wonderful and truly surreal with cinematic references to Bunuel, Cocteau, Goddard and more . Utterly hypnotic, this imaginative cinematic metaphore for the journey of life is devoid of logic or sanity and propels the audience into a different universe. Leos Carax's longtime collaborator, Denis Lavant hurls himself into the realms of cinematic freedom that captivates and intoxicates treating the audience to a visual feast that etches itself in the memory. Monsieur Merde, a barefoot one-eyed flower-munching troll interrupts a photoshoot, abducts Kay M (Eva Mendes) and in an underground cave strips to reconstruct an image of an Old Master painting, the accordianist(s), defiant and breathtaking filling the candle lit church with music, the visually stunning motion studio model's weird erotic dance with Yayoi Kusama polka dots hypnotically holding the eye, Michel Piccoli, the man with the birthmark, and a captivating cameo from Kylie Minogue (Eva Grace-Jean), mysterious and Jean Seberg-like singing ' Who Were We ' a song of heartbreak and regret in the she the abandoned Samaritaine, the Belle Epoque department store overlooking Pont Neuf evoking memories of Les Amants du Pont Neuf (1991). At times the film seems a bit pretentious but all's forgiven - it's an odd movie, breathtaking, unique, imaginative, playful, surprising, lively, funny, an abandonment of any sense of logic or sanity, a visual cinematic feast. - Merci Monsieur Oscar, merci Celine, merci Leos pour le plaisir d'un voyage Saint Motors limousine.
'It's all about the beauty of the act' - Monsieur Oscar