Kylie Minogue’s new movie Holy Motors has impressed the critics. It’s been a long time since the Aussie pop star ventured in the word of movies but with this art-house offering, directed by Leos Carax, she seems to have done herself proud. It’s an unusual film, seemingly with little in the way of a fixed narrative structure, but that’s part of its off-beat charm.
The Telegraph review reveals that Kylie’s starring moment, though brief, is a highlight: ” Kylie Minogue, memorably, singing an ex-lover’s torch song along the dusty walkways of a derelict department store. We’re left with a vast amount to puzzle over and process. One thing’s for sure: you may struggle to wrest unified meaning out of this entirely irreducible movie, but like Kylie’s other featured song, you can’t get it out of your head.” Equally, The Guardian describes Kylie Minogue’s performance in Holy Motors as “stylish yet gentle.” The New Statesman review does a better job of un-ravelling the meaning of Holy Motors by explaining “the central enigma of Holy Motors rests on where life ends and performance begins, or whether the distinction is irrelevant.”
Also starring Eva Mendes and Denis Lavant, Holy Motors may seem like a peculiarly avant-garde excursion for Kylie but she seems quite at home in front of the camera and look relaxed, though evidently excited at the movie’s recent London premiere, where she revealed that she “couldn’t not do” the film.
Indescribably insane, this outrageously inventive French drama is so bracingly strange that we can't help but love every moment. It's certainly not like any movie you've ever seen before, and French director Carax packs it with so many offbeat touches - from wildly unexpected casting to witty movie references - that watching it is almost like a fever dream.
It's the story of Oscar (Lavant), who goes to work in a white stretch-limousine with his driver Celine (Scob). But the limo is actually his office, and his job entails dressing up in full make-up to play nine roles over the course of the day. These include a scabby homeless woman, a dying husband and a freaky green mischief-maker who invades a funeral and bites off people's fingers. But as the day progresses, Oscar begins to crack under the strain. Is it because of the job's huge emotional demands or because he's not living his own life?
The film is like a razor sharp satire of reality TV and social networking, as Carax cuts through the layers of artificiality of modern life. At the centre, these are all actors playing actors in a variety of scenarios. But who is watching? Some of these scenes are sexy and funny, while others are terrifying or darkly moving. But for all of the intensity of feeling, the situations are essentially shallow simply because they're not actually real. And Carax pushes each segment far beyond what we expect.
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When Kylie Minogue hit the red carpet for the premiere of her new movie, she cut a dazzling figure in a stunning black sequinned Dolce & Gabbana gown. On Tuesday night (September 17, 2012), the UK premiere for Holy Motors took place at the Curzon Mayfair and the movie’s Aussie star made sure that she really stood out in her shimmering, floor-length frock. She finished the look off with smoky eye-shadow and dangling diamond earrings.
The movie, a French drama, also stars Denis Lavant, Edith Scob and Eva Mendes. After posing for photos on the red carpet, Kylie then “cosied up to director Leos Carax,” according to the Daily Mail. It’s a rare film role for Kylie; even though she started out as an actress – in Australian soaps such as Neighbours - she has spent the last twenty-five years focusing mainly on her music career. Speaking about her decision to take part in the movie, Kylie said “I’m always intrigued and enticed by that which I haven’t done, so… there was every reason to do it and no reason not to do it… it turned out to be one of the best experiences I’ve ever had.”
Kylie plays the role of Eva Grace (Jean) in the movie. She has her hair cropped short for the role, a far cry from the elegant long locks that she was sporting Tuesday night. There are no Kylie Minogue songs in the movie, though she does have a singing part. Holy Motors receives its general release in the UK on September 28, 2012.
Kylie Minogue wants to put her ''disastrous'' acting experience behind her and convince people she's a good actress.
Kylie Minogue wants to convince people she's a good actress.
The Australian pop star - who appears in Leos Carax's new movie 'Holy Motors' - knows it is difficult for people to think of her away from her music career but her latest role has given her the confidence to take on further big screen projects in the future.
She said: ''I've got a lot of work to do before people stop thinking: 'Oh, what's Kylie Minogue doing in a film?'
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Kylie Minogue could be set for a big win at the Cannes Film Festival, albeit as just one of the stars in sci-fi film 'Holy Motors'. The movie has emerged as one of the front runners to take the much coveted Palme d'Or at the event - traditionally given to the movie that judges view to be the best film on show during the week.
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Edith Scob, Denis Lavant, Kylie Minogue and Leos Carax - Edith Scob, Denis Lavant, Kylie Minogue, director Leos Carax, Jeanne Disson and Elise Lhomeau Wednesday 23rd May 2012 'Holy Motors' photocall during the 65th Cannes Film Festival
Film lovers can always expect to see the weird and the wonderful at Cannes and with Holy Motors, they certainly have the 'weird.' The only problem is, the jury's out as to whether or not Leos Carax's new celluloid experiment can be described as 'wonderful.' The movie is in competition for the coveted Palme D'Or prize and although a number of the audience members at the premiere were booing loudly as it finished, there was also a great deal of "rapturous applause."
The Telegraph's show-business editor, Anita Singh, has provided a brief run-down of the movie, which features Eva Mendes allowing a man called Monsieur Merde to eat her hair, two bonobo chimps playing house in suburban Paris, an extended scene of cybermonster sex and some talking limousines." And that, apparently, describes only "but a few of the film's surreal moments." Kylie Minogue also appears in Holy Motors, as a suicidal air hostess and Singh suggests that Denis Lavant should be a shoe-in for the festival's best actor award, on account of playing 11 different roles in the movie (including the aforementioned Monsieur Merde).
Eva Mendes plays a fashion model (an homage to Kate Moss, apparently) who is kidnapped from a Parisian cemetery. Apparently Carax chose Mendes for the role because she is "erotic and robotic at the same time." When asked at a press conference what Mendes' scenes were supposed to represent, he answered, simply: "How would I know?"
Kylie Minogue has been at the Cannes Film Festival this week as she promotes sci-fi fantasy film 'Holy Motors,' and the star admitted it was a pleasure to return to her acting roots, commenting "It felt good to be back on set."
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Some familiar figures will be returning to the Cannes Film Festival next month. Among the filmmakers whose works have been selected for the competition are Jacques Audiard, Ken Loach, Michael Haneke, Walter Salles, Leos Carax, David Cronenberg, Thomas Vinterberg, Lee Daniels and Wes Anderson. Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom has also been selected as the opening-night film. Several filmmakers who were expected to compete for the Palme d'Or, were not mentioned in today's (Thursday) announcement, although their films could be included in the list at a later date. Among them was Woody Allen's latest, To Rome with Love . Britain's Guardian newspaper observed that the list of films that are in competition "diverges only slightly" from a list leaked online a few weeks. At the time, Festival President Thierry Frémaux told the website Deadline.com that there were numerous Errors on the list and said, "There is a code of conduct for Cannes and it must be respected. Those who don't respect the code, will never come back to Cannes." The films scheduled to compete at the festival and those screening out of competition feature some of Hollywood's biggest stars, who are likely to make the red carpet an even more glamorous site than it usually is. They include Robert Pattinson ( Cosmopolis ), Shia LaBoeuf ( Lawless), Nicole Kidman (Paperboy ) , Marion Cotillard ( Rust and Bone ), and Brad Pitt ( Killing Them Softly ).
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Eva Mendes turned heads on the set for forthcoming film 'Holly Motors' recently as the actress donned a beehive hair style that eerily harked back to the recently deceased British singer Amy Winehouse.
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For its easy charm and humor, Michel Gondry's "Interior Design" comes off best. Gondry's story follows a young couple -- Hiroko and Akira (Ayako Fujitani and Ryo Kase) -- who have just moved to Tokyo, struggling to find an apartment, jobs, and generally to start their new lives. Akira's an aspiring filmmaker-artist, hence a bit of a space case, while his girlfriend Hiroko is smart but directionless. While getting started in Tokyo, they bunk up with a friend in her absurdly tiny apartment. Gradually, Hiroko pulls away from Akira and, in a Gondry-esque bit of transmogrification, she suddenly has the ability to shift from human to chair form and back. As a chair, she becomes part of the furnishings in a stranger's home, and feels herself an object of value, something she lacked as a human being. Gondry pokes fun at Tokyo's housing crisis: The living spaces are hilariously cramped, hardly more than glorified closets. With the low-key bantering of its characters, the quotidian details of Tokyo street life, its movie-within-a-movie device, the human-chair magic trick, and the overall theme of life-as-reverie, this is a Gondry project through and through. And, though not illuminating on the subject of its city, it's still a cute, clever take on Tokyo to keep us amused.
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