Holy Motors

Holy Motors ★★★★½

One of the very few movies I watched in 2014 that really just completely bowled me over. That shouldn't be taken as any sense of confidence that I know what exactly is going on from scene to scene, but that ambiguity is probably the best use of cinematic "dream logic" since Akira Kurosawa's Dreams. If I had to peg some kind of thematic label on this, I'd say it was about Identity or Cinema or something, but to be honest, I'd just as soon not make that kind of argument. Rather, I think that the unsettled and unsettling nature of the film is key to its effectiveness, as are the strange fillips that emerge among the more straightforward narrative sections. Maybe the film can be faulted for not adding up to a clear statement, but dreams often don't do so either.