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Trailers from Hell: Brian Trenchard-Smith on Leos Carax's 2012 Fave 'Holy Motors,' Starring a Shape-Shifting Denis Lavant

Photo of Trailers From Hell By Trailers From Hell | Thompson on Hollywood December 16, 2013 at 2:15PM

The TFH Grab Bag! kicks off at Trailers from Hell, with director Brian Trenchard-Smith introducing Leos Carax's neon mystery tour through Paris, "Holy Motors," with a shape-shifting Denis Lavant at its center.
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"Holy Motors"
"Holy Motors"

The TFH Grab Bag! kicks off at Trailers from Hell, with director Brian Trenchard-Smith introducing Leos Carax's neon mystery tour through Paris, "Holy Motors," with a shape-shifting Denis Lavant at its center.

Dream logic rules the day in Leos Carax’ multi-layered film in which a mysterious man is shepherded about Paris in a stretch limo where he assumes a different disguise at each stop. Released to enormous critical acclaim in 2012, the film stars Lavant with legendary french actors Edith Scob (Eyes Without a Face) as the limo driver and Michel Piccoli (La Grande Bouffe) as her occasional consort.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.