If any movie were ever perfectly OK with you calling it weird, Holy Motors is it. The trailer alone opens with a character seemingly calling the movie itself weird-- and that's not even the weirdest thing in it! That title belongs to, well, too many things to name.
But weird isn't the only way to describe Holy Motors. It might be your gut reaction while watching it (it certainly was in my case), but it's also beautiful, transcendent, intelligent, eye-opening, haunting and hysterical, to say the least. It's the head-wrapping, what-is-this-movie-really-about aspect that people will be talking about the most, though, and it's what the trailer puts front and center.
As for what Holy Motors is actually about, we'll let the official plot synopsis cover that:
Over the course of a single day, Monsieur Oscar travels by limousine around Paris to a series of nine "appointments," transforming into new characters or incarnations at each stop. Fetched in the morning by Celine, his trusty chauffeur on this surreal journey, Oscar begins the day as a captain of industry. Then he becomes a gypsy crone, begging for spare change on a bridge over the Seine. Inside a digital-production facility, he's a ninja warrior transformed by cutting-edge technology into a reptilian sex god. Next he's a gibberish-spewing troglodyte who kidnaps a fashion model from a photo shoot in Pere-Lachaise cemetery, ferrying her to his underground lair in the sewers. Then he's the melancholy father of a teenage daughter, followed by a shadowy assassin sent to kill his own doppelgänger, a dying old man, and finally a thwarted lover revisiting a flame from his past atop a decaying Right Bank department store next to the Pont-Neuf. Monster movie, film noir, romantic drama, musical, crime thriller, futuristic sex fantasia... HOLY MOTORS is all of these and, then again, none of these. It is a ravishing, shape-shifting, fever dream of becoming, unraveling and starting all over again. From celluloid magic to the digital data stream, Monsieur Oscar's epic journey of the soul is all of our dreams.
Don't worry if any of that makes sense or not right now, because you'll probably have your own interpretation once you see Holy Motors. And you should see it. It's an incredible film experience, unlike any you'll have this year. Love it or hate it, that is something we can guarantee.