Carax’s fantastically bizarre drama follows its protagonist, Mr Oscar, through a single busy workday in Paris. As he is ferried around by his chauffeur from one ‘appointment’ to another, he undergoes a series of radical transformations, his white stretch limousine becoming a dressing room where new costumes and make-up are applied. A meditation on the manufacture of identity in an age of modern media, each costume triggers a different scenario, from the abject, to the sentimental, to the horrific.
France 2012. Dir. Leos Carax. With Denis Lavant, Edith Scob, Eva Mendes. Costumes Anaïs Romand.