Wesley Morris: 8. “Holy Motors”
Like “The Master,” there are many ways to understand Leos Carax’s dream of life, death, and, artistically, all that’s in between. But, really, it’s the sort of movie that works best when you let it happen to you. The amazing Denis Lavant rides around Paris in a stretch limo, emerging as a different character every time. We see him apply the transformations like an actor backstage. The film works as an allegory for both performance and reincarnation. But to make us see the higher meaning and randomness in existence, Carax appeals to our biggest and our basest desires: to see heaven, avoid hell, and see a human tongue grace the armpit of Eva Mendes.