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Screen: Special Showings

Holy Motors

When: Tue., Dec. 15, 7 p.m. 2015


NIGHTLIGHT BAR & CLUB—What is the dreamlike temporal sequence of a movie but life with a more intentional relationship to artifice, nightmares and fantasies? That seems to be the question beating in the ecstatic heart of Holy Motors, Leos Carax's acclaimed 2012 film, which has alternately been described as science fiction, psychological horror, dramatic fantasy, visionary art cinema and unwatchable phantasmagoria. It starts when a man called "The Sleeper" wakes up and opens a hidden door in his apartment with a key that grows from his finger. Then things get strange. A woman named Céline (Édith Scob) drives a man called Oscar (Denis Lavant) around Paris in a white limousine to "appointments" that seem a lot like movie shoots, except there are no cameras in evidence (except, of course, the ones actually filming these actors). Oscar dresses up as a beggar, dons a motion-capture suit for simulated sex and kidnaps a model in a cemetery—just for starters. One soon realizes that trying to figure it all out is like trying to figure out the dramatic flow of life itself, and that both are more plausible and pleasurable if you just let the white limo bear you from one dream to the next without wondering why. 7 p.m., free for members, 405 W. Rosemary St., Chapel Hill, 919-960-6101, www.nightlightclub.com. —Brian Howe

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