In 1999, Leos Carax's Pola X landed with such a resounding commercial and critical thud that, until recently, no one would hire him. So with nothing to lose, and the financial backing of a half-dozen production companies, Carax went for broke on Holy Motors. The film follows a gent (Denis Lavant) who drifts through Paris in a limo, adopting various guises: an old woman begging for change, a motion-capture artist in a skintight bodysuit and, most memorably, a mentally unstable homeless man who eats flowers and kidnaps Eva Mendes. By commenting on each era of the film industry, Carax urges viewers to remember how potent and indelible the art form can be.

  • Playing at: Hollywood.
  • Best paired with: Double Mountain IRA.
  • Also showing: Looper (Academy).