One of the secondary pleasures that certain movies offer to true addicts is the chance to spot affectionate nods to favourite films that their creators have slipped into them. These can be parodies of famous scenes and images that everyone is expected to recognise _ King Kong on top of the Empire State Building, the shower scene from Psycho, practically anything from Casablanca _ but are more revealing when they come from more obscure films that have special meaning for the director and give some insight into where his heart lies.
France/Germany, 2012, colour, 111 minutes Directed by Leos Carax and starring Denis Levant, Edith Scob, Eva Mendes and Kylie Minogue. In French with optional English subtitles. Extras include conversation with Carax at the 2012 Cannes festival, deleted scenes and a theatrical trailer. An Artificial Eye Region B Blu-ray release from the UK. Also available as a Region 2 DVD. A Region A Blu-ray, Region 1 release from the US is due later this month.
In Holy Motors, Leos Carax springs these allusions with manic glee. On the surface, the film comes across as a tribute to the actor's art: the enigmatic Monsieur Oscar (Carax regular Levant) sets out every morning in a white stretch limo driven by an elegant woman chauffeur (Scob) for a day of "appointments", all listed in a register placed next to him on the seat of the car.
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