Lynch-isms abound here (in fact, a lot of the evil machinations going on around the fringes feel like a dry-run for TP: The Return), with the quirk, amp and violence all ramped up to 10. That aside the main reason it succeeds because of that central relationship and the way it balances the whacked out and cartoonish with really tangible and affecting moments, often painful and sobering but sometimes staggeringly gorgeous too.
P.S. did you really have to save the f bombs for an inconsequential scene 2 mins before the end David?? :/
Thank you Mubi this was really cool!!
Well worth the time and didn't disappoint after seeing 'Asako I&II' at the LFF this year.
Having watched these two films now I feel like I have a better feel for Hamaguchi's sensibility- naturalism disrupted by exaggerated actions that feel on this fascinating edge, being within reason and yet strange enough that you know they have been forcibly injected by the director. It's almost as if he is a mad scientist, running tests…
My third Carax film, and I hope to be revisiting Holy Motors soonish. I found this a large step up from Boy Meets Girl but not without its issues. It is clearly in thrall to Godard with its visuals and tricks and elliptic story that really doesn't matter. This is particularly clear in the opening half hour, but what a half hour it is. This opening portion is an absolute delight, so full of visual ideas and excitement.